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275 years of excellence with the Sotheby's auction house.


by Lyubov Popova

Each office is independently owned and operated.



2300 North Scenic Highway $3,995,000 Gunn-Swainston Group 727.688.8875

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111 20th Street $860,000 Pete Mustafaraj & Kim Mustafaraj 727.494.5485

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17735 Gulf Boulevard #701 $1,290,000 Pete Mustafaraj & Kim Mustafaraj 727.494.5485




73 Mountain Lake $3,000,000 Gunn-Swainston Group 727.421.7234


1212 Sunset Drive $3,200,000 Chris Encinias 505.620.8543


Sotheby’s International Realty® and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered service marks used with permission. Each office is independently owned and operated. Equal Housing Opportunity. Property information herein is derived from various sources including, but not limited to, county records and multiple listing services, and may include approximations. All information is deemed accurate. *Compsition by Lyubov Popova used with permission.

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JULY/AUGUST 2019 l Volume 3 No. 1

10-12 Time for a Staycation


We dish on our favorite close-by destinations for a summer getaway where you don’t have to fly or drive very far.



18-19 Dog Day Afternoons Our four-legged friends need not be left at home when we feel like sipping a cold brewski and mingling with our peeps. Here’s a guide to dog-friendly bars and breweries where good-mannered pups are always welcome.

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62 Police and Autism

Special training for police and first responders on dealing with autistic people is now offered at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

26 Dining Out - 400 Beach For over a decade, 400 Beach continues to be recognized as one of the top restaurants in town. The exotic Iberian Rooster amazes the palate and the eyes with upscale Portuguese fare, colorful cocktails and late night entertainment.

30 The Wine Cellar

It’s grillin’ time. Columnist Will Howard recommends the right wines to pair with all your favorites from burgers to steak, chicken and ribs.

36 Made for Entertaining

We look at two waterfront patios -- a whimsical Treasure Island beach home that really swings at the pool tiki bar and the other a golfer’s dream with a poolside putting green.

50 freeFall Theatre

Take a look inside one of Tampa Bay’s top performing arts companies which celebrates one decade in St. Petersburg.

54 Beauty & The ‘Burg

Cindy Stovall dishes on the latest St. Pete arts scene news.

The ancient Japanese tradition of origami takes a trip into the modern world in a startling new exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts.

60 Paul Wilborn

Multi-talented Paul Wilborn has turned author with his new fiction-based-onreality book Cigar City: Tales from a 1980’s Creative Ghetto.

Scott Bill helps military, veterans and first responders with the help of horses at his Wounded Warrior Retreats.


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Head to Hutchinson Island for a weekend getaway that might include seeing sea turtles nesting.

56 Origami at MFA

46 Conversations


64 Travel

67 Fashion

Tips on packing for summer travels by Megan Simons.

71 SPL Scene

The social scene, galas, grand openings and fundraisers around town.


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WELCOME TO SPL We had fun putting this Summer Fun issue together, and hope it gives you a smile or two. While we had planned to devote a package of features to the pet-friendly nature of St. Pete, the cover literally “went to the dogs” in a miraculous quirk of fate when we discovered that local celeb/businesswoman Rhonda Shear is a devoted doggie mama. Rhonda is the perfect example of a ‘Burger whose kindness and philanthropy spread far beyond humans into the animal world. We are thrilled to feature her fascinating personal story in this issue and give a plug to the SPCA Tampa Bay and its exceptional work. On the topic of pets, Kayla Gleason offers dog-owners a “must read” guide to St. Pete bars and breweries that welcome four-legged furry friends. She had a blast visiting, as her photos show, and one thing is clear: St. Pete is a bone-afide pet-friendly city! Be sure to check out our hot weather tips for pets, a listing of dog beaches and parks, and pet-friendly shelters that accept critters during storms and hurricanes. As usual, the arts are alive and prospering in the ‘Burg. Arts writer Cindy Stovall gives us an inside look at one of our top performing arts companies, freeFall Theatre, which is celebrating a decade of outstanding plays and entertainment. We also explore how a few local museums are going “hightech” through things like artificial intelligence and virtual reality, and review the fascinating origami exhibit now on view at the Museum of Fine Arts. This Summer Fun issue also inspired us to dream of a quick getaway … check out our favorite Staycation destinations and how you can check out the sea turtle nesting walks on Hutchinson Island. Local author Kristen Hare offers up 10 family fun day trips perfect for these long summer days. Now go forth and enjoy!

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PUBLISHER/CEO Beth Ann Drake EDITOR Marcia Biggs ART DIRECTOR Alicia Brown ADVERTISING Michelle Boudreau Vice President of Marketing Annette Mensch Account Executive CONTRIBUTORS Megan Simons Women’s Fashion Cindy Stovall Arts Writer Will Howard The Wine Cellar Cindy Cockburn, Kayla Gleason, Jennifer Lee, Kristen Hare Contributing Writers CO-FOUNDER/BUSINESS MANAGER Ralph Zuckerman

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Puppy Love and Philanthropy With Rhonda Shear BY MICHELLE BOUDREAU The chic photo on the front cover you may recognize as celebrity and local St. Pete resident Rhonda Shear with her eldest fur baby Chicky, who is now 17. For the past two years Rhonda has served as Ambassador for the SPCA, supporting rescuing and the well-being of all animals! In her words, “My five puppies are near and dear to my heart… I can’t save all animals however I wish I could! Animals can’t help themselves so we have to help them.” Thank goodness animal abuse is now a felony in the state of Florida… the SPCA does great work saving animals. The SPCA Tampa Bay is the only non-profit animal welfare agency that runs an openadmission animal shelter, pet training facility and public veterinary center in Pinellas County. The shelter in Largo cares for more than 8,000 animals annually that have been surrendered by their owners, along with injured wildlife. When you first meet Rhonda Shear you think what a beautiful Hollywood glamour girl, and then when you get to know her, you find out there is so much more to her story. She has many passions. At the top of her list are her husband/business partner Van Fagan and her five puppy loves. Van and Rhonda were childhood sweethearts and dated in high school, and after years of going in different directions, they later reconnected in their 40’s to marry.



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SPL SPOTLIGHT In 2003 they created Shear Enterprises, LLC, and together they have grown the company to a multi-million dollar business including regular national appearances on HSN. She has also toured as a standup comedian, had numerous TV appearances, hosted USA networks television show Up All Night and is an award-winning entrepreneur. Her product Angel Seamless Bandeau Bra, was winner of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s 2019 best bra awards. Rhonda and Van are grateful to be in a position with their success to give back with philanthropy. In addition to Rhonda’s work with the SPCA she also donates product to women’s shelters nationwide, she has hosted events for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, sponsors Pace School for Girls, is on the board of the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts, she is on the vendor advisory board for HSN and contributes to ACS: Making Strides, AHA: Go Red for Women, works with HSN to sponsor St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and sponsors several local charitable events each year. She is busy planning and looking forward to this year’s SPCA Fur Ball gala, Hooray for Hollywoof on October 12th at the Coliseum, St. Pete. For more information on tickets, sponsorships or donations visit: SPCATBFurBall.com. Rhonda and Van are known for throwing great parties… opt for VIP if you would like to party at their home. One of Rhonda’s latest endeavors is her book titled, UP ALL NIGHT- From Hollywood Bombshell to Lingerie Mogul, Life Lessons from an Accidental Feminist. Get ready to go on a ride with Rhonda Shear as she takes you from her New Orleans childhood, her Hollywood golden days, and to becoming the Queen of Lingerie!” For more on her award-winning products visit RhondaShear.com.

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Time For A Summer Staycation PHOTO/ANGELA MANN PHOTOGRAPHY STYLIST/RO MARTINEZ RIMES Photograhed at Plaza Beach Resorts


It’s summer in Florida, the perfect time for a weekend getaway. While rates are not quite what they used to be in summer, you might still find some savings by checking web sites for flash sales and Florida resident discounts. Many resorts offer fourth night free. And remember that mid-week will always be a better deal than weekends. The natural inclination for those of us living so close to some of the best beaches in North America is to head to the closest stretch of sugar-white sand. With two of TripAdvisor’s top beaches in the U.S. located here in St. Pete/Clearwater, a staycation is just minutes away. Clearwater Beach was voted Trip Advisor’s No. 1 Beach in 2019 (and 2018 and 2016), so let’s start there.



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Sun and Sand You can’t go wrong with Clearwater Beach for a family getaway. This is where the action is, with loads of fun things to do. But if you just want to park your beach towel for a couple days, you can’t beat the casual sophistication of the Sandpearl and Opal Sands resorts. Both are favorites for weddings and large family gatherings. Lodging includes luxury condos, suites and exquisitely-appointed rooms. Both resorts have first-rate spas and restaurants – Seaguini at Opal Sands and Caretta’s at Sandpearl are the best on the beach. In St. Pete Beach, the Pink Palace, the legendary Don Cesar, is about as good as it gets if money is no object. Known as THE beach

SPL LIVING hotel to spot celebs and rock stars at the pool bar, the Don and its awardwinning restaurant, The Maritana Grille, and Spa Oceana are second to none on these shores. The 70 all-suite Beach House Suites is just up the road.

the large, luxury resorts and include comfortable, renovated one-bedroom suites and hotel rooms. Guests get full beach access no matter which one they stay at. The Bay Palms and Bayview Plaza offer pet friendly rooms, too.

TradeWinds Island Resorts and its sister property RumFish Beach Resort (formerly Guy Harvey Resort) are considered tops with families. Here you’ll find 20 acres of beachfront playground including an offshore floating water park, three-story water slide, kids camps and family activities. Add in a variety of restaurants (don’t miss the RumFish Grill with its 33,500-gallon indoor aquarium in the dining room) and bars and you’ll never need to leave the property.

You’ll find something for all tastes, budgets and ages at Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach. To find a comprehensive listing of accommodations, check out www. visitstpeteclearwater.com

Plaza Beach Resorts is a family owned and operated collection of three resorts – the Plaza Beach Hotel on the beachfront, and Bayview Plaza and Bay Palms on the intracoastal (hence somewhat lower prices). These smaller properties are more affordable than

Small-Town Charm If you want to chill for a romantic weekend or girlfriends getaway, head to the quiet small-town charm of Safety Harbor, tucked away on the west shore of Upper Tampa Bay. No big loud dance bars filled with raucous weekend warriors here. But you will find a handful of pubs, microbreweries, a wine bar and the venerable Whistle Stop (on the railroad tracks, of course) where the locals hang with music on the weekend. Just stroll up Main Street Sea-Guini at Opal Sands

TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach is a favorite family destination resort. July/August 2019



SPL LIVING and you’re sure to find a restaurant to suit your fancy. Where to stay? The Safety Harbor Resort and Spa is the only game in town with a full-blown spa and daily fitness activities, two pools, and a great tiki bar. They offer two-night Staycation package deals in the summer that won’t break the bank. Rent a bicycle for a leisurely ride along Bayshore Drive or walk to beautiful Phillippe Park to catch the sunrise. Another hidden gem for grownups is Beso del Sol Resort, on the shores of St. Joseph Sound in Dunedin. Enjoy some lively pool and tiki bar action with a view of Caladesi Island. Lodging is all condos with kitchenettes. You’re within walking distance of Main Street in downtown Dunedin, which offers plenty of diversion from bars and restaurants to boutiques and art galleries. Beso offers free bikes so you can hop on the nearby Pinellas Trail, and the Jolley Trolley stops right in front to transport you to Clearwater Beach or north to Tarpon Springs for a bit of adventure. Across the Pond If you really want to feel like you’re on vacay, you’ll need to cross the bridge. We recommend the Skyway, not the Howard Frankland. Yes, Anna Maria is lovely and filled with worthy hotels and resorts, but beware of bumper-to-bumper traffic on weekends and bigtime parking issues. Just a little further south off Sarasota is Lido Key and the Lido Beach Resort. Not too big, not too small, this beachfront resort has a poolside tiki bar with beachfront dining, a nice stretch of private beach and is about a mile from St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota. The hotel will shuttle you back and forth if you feel the need for civilization.

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Clearwater Beach is consistently voted one of the top beaches in the nation. It’s easy to see why.



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St. Pete bars welcome furry four-legged friends


Now, you no longer have to choose between your two- and fourlegged friends, as more and more dog-friendly bars crop up all over St. Petersburg. The city already has a great reputation among dog owners for its inclusivity and businesses are constantly finding new ways to welcome pets, from fenced in mini-parks to water bowls, treats and specially catered menus. So, if you’re in the mood for a craft brew or signature cocktail to beat the summer heat and your pup’s itching for some extra attention, grab your leash and head out to one of these dog-friendly establishments. The Dog Bar 2300 Central Ave. Opened in 2016 by a pair of dog-lovers who’d started a similar successful business in North Carolina, The Dog Bar makes it their goal to provide a safe place for people and their dogs to hang out. With over 2,000 square feet of fenced-in, off-leash area, the bar provides a park-like atmosphere that’s hard to come by in a bustling city. “A lot of our community lives in high-rises and apartments, we essentially are their backyard,” said manager Taylor Citek.


Green Bench Brewing Company 1133 Baum Ave. N. In 2013, Green Bench Brewing Company opened in the heart of downtown St. Pete and has since grown into 4,000 square feet of yard and patio space where everyone can gather and relax with their pets. “It’s a central point for people to come and experience St. Pete which, in general, has been very dog friendly, so it’s only natural we allow dogs in,” said bartender Matt O’Connell. And here, the only requirements are that dogs remain on-leash – since the yard isn’t fenced in – and owners pick up after them. Plenty of water bowls are scattered around and, occasionally, the bar will have specially crafted spent grain treats, which are made from the grains used in the brewing process. Green Bench branded leashes and collars are also available for purchase and made from recycled materials. And while you and your dog are relaxing, O’Connell suggests trying their bestselling brew, Sunshine City IPA. greenbenchbrewing.com Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill 1320 Central Ave. Founded in 1992, Ferg’s has been a popular destination among locals and tourists alike and, since last year, dogs, too!

To keep everyone safe, The Dog Bar does have a few requirements. Owners will need to bring a copy of their dog’s vaccine record and dogs must be non-aggressive and fixed (if they’re over a year old). Membership passes will also need to be purchased for those bringing pets – $5 for the day, $30 for a ten-trip pass and $50 for an annual membership.

“We’ve always been dog-friendly but we noticed more and more customers bringing their dogs in recent years. We had this back lot that was just trees and mulch so we decided to make it into a little park,” said event manager Trisha Prince.

And while you’re enjoying your beer, cold-brew coffee, kombucha or whatever else you like, The Dog Bar also has plenty of canine snacks available, including That Dog Ice Cream in popular flavors like PB&Bacon and Puppy Margarita. dogbarstpete.com.

Leashed dogs are still allowed in the main bar area but tables have also been set up in the large and small dog parks for owners to hang out and let their pups play. A chef also prepares snacks from the dog menu on-site and serves up dog-friendly ice cream. CBD oil and


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How often does this happen to you? You want to meet up with a few friends for drinks but every time you head towards the door, Fido gives you the world’s best puppy dog eyes, pulling you right back in.

SPL LIVING treats are available for purchase, as well. Ferg’s even holds a “Yappy Hour” the third Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 7:30 pm where people with dogs get a free drink, can enter into a raffle for prizes and ask any questions they may have to a volunteer veterinarian. fergssportsbar.com Pinellas Ale Works aka PAW 1962 1st Ave. S. Pinellas Ale Works opened in 2016 under owner Dennis Decker. A doglover himself, Decker brings his pooch to work with him whenever he can and has made it his mission to create a welcoming atmosphere to all. With an indoor bar area, beer garden and separate event space, dogs are allowed both inside and out, all PAW asks is they stay on-leash. There are even treats set out on all the tables and homemade snacks available every so often. “It’s nice to get the dogs more active and it allows the owners to get out and not feel bad about leaving their dogs home,” said bartender Lindsay Hodgdon. Many of their signature brews even have canine-themed names, like their bestsellers the Milkbone Stout and the Puppy Love IPA. And all their merch comes stamped with a pawprint. pawbeer.com. Cage Brewing 2001 1st Ave. S. Owner Bob Hughes opened Cage Brewing in 2016 with the goal of being as accommodating as possible and with St. Pete already having such a dog-friendly vibe, it fit right in. “It’s important in cities to be able to bring your dog places, they need exercise. It also benefits me because I get to see all the cute dogs,” joked bartender Rebecca Ingram. Everything from treats to doggie bags are available at the bar, all they ask is you keep your canine on a leash and pick up after them. “I’ve been coming here since they opened. It’s easy because they let Abbey in. It’s one of my favorite places,” said regular Ashley Huddleston.

And if you do go, make sure to check out one of their bestsellers, Mango Bob’s, a mango-flavored American IPA. cagebrewing.com The Ale and the Witch 111 2nd Ave. NE The Ale and the Witch is a locals favorite, tucked away on the courtyard of Plaza Tower where doggies can freely roam and sniff. They have been serving up American craft beers since 2011 and have been dog-friendly since its inception with plenty of treats available behind the counter. Water bowls are also located outside for both customers and anyone just walking by with their thirsty pup. “A lot of people like to bring their dogs out to have fun – I know I always bring my dog everywhere I go,” said bartender Michelle Tesoro. “I think it’s good for business to be more welcoming of people with pets.” The Ale and the Witch has 32 taps, all constantly rotating beers, and happy hour is held weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m., featuring $5 beers. thealeandthewitch.com.

Worth Mentioning 3 Daughters Brewing at 222 22nd St. S. allows dogs as long as they are on-leash. They offer plenty of shady spots, water bowls and unique craft brews to help both you and your four-legged friend relax. A bit of a drive from downtown but perfect for those enjoying a day on the water, Nikko’s Dog Barrrrr at 9524 Blind Pass Rd. on St. Pete Beach offers both brews and hand-crafted coffee, as well as a fully-stocked dog treat bakery. Three Birds Tavern at 1492 4th Street N. has a spacious dog-friendly patio and is great for those looking for a classic English pub feel. The tavern not only has a fully stocked bar with 20 beers on tap, they also offer a range of English comfort food like shepherd’s pie and fish and chips.


Doggie Do-Right Keeping Your Pet Safe in the Summer Heat Dogs can suffer much the same as their humans in the summer heat. These “Summer Heat Safety Tips for Pets” are from pet expert Erin Askeland of Camp Bow Wow, with locations in Tampa and Riverview.

cats more frequently can prevent problems caused by excessive heat.

Watch for Heatstroke Dogs can develop heatstroke fairly quickly. Signs of this include excessive panting, staring, anxious facial expressions, warm skin, refusal to obey commands by owner, vomiting, collapse and rapid heartbeat. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from this, lower the animal’s body temperature by applying towels soaked in cool water to the hairless areas of the body. Exercise with Caution Pets need exercise even when it is hot, but show extra care to older and overweight pets that are more at risk from high temperatures. If you go for a run on the beach, limit to early morning or evening hours. Extra caution should also be taken with short-nosed dogs, and those with thick coats. Never Leave Your Dog Unattended in the Car Pets can sustain damage or even succumb from heatstroke in only 15 minutes. Dogs can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads. If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, record the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number and have the owner paged in the nearest buildings, or call local humane authorities or police. Always have someone keep an eye on the dog and don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved. Groom for the Summer Giving your dog a lightweight summer haircut helps prevent overheating. Shave down to a one-inch length, but never to the skin, so your pet still has some protection from the sun. Brushing



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Pets Need Sunscreen Too Cats and dogs can get sunburned too, especially if he/she has lightcolored hair. Animal sunburns can cause the same problems as that of humans: peeling, redness and even cancer. As skin cancer in pets is a serious concern, purchasing petfriendly sunscreen can go a long way in protecting the health of your pet when the heat kicks in. Places that are easy to forget, but prone to burning are: inside the nostrils, tip of nose, around your dog’s lips and the inside of ears for dogs with standup ears. Pets Need Extra Water Give your dog extra water during the summer, but be sure not to leave the water out for too long. Change the water often to prevent your pet from getting sick from bacteria that can grow in hot water. Also, when dogs are thirsty, they are bound to drink something they shouldn’t. Puddles of what may look like water on the ground can actually be dangerous chemicals, so keep an eye out when your dog is looking for something to sip. Make a Safe Splash The pool is a great way to cool down, but do not leave pets unsupervised at the beach or around the pool – not all pets are good swimmers. Introduce your pet to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. To remove salt from their fur, rinse your pet after swimming in the ocean. Avoid Crowded Outdoor Events Warm temperatures and outdoor fun go hand-in-hand, but when the temperatures hit record highs, refrain from taking your pet to crowded summer events like concerts or fairs. The loud noises and crowds, combined with the heat, can be stressful and dangerous for pets.

SPL LIVING Dog Parks and Beaches If you’re looking for parks to let your pups off-leash, check out: Kenwood Dog Park, 401 20th St. N. North Shore Park, 901 N. Shore Dr. NE Crescent Lake Dog Park, 1320 5th St. N. St. Pete also has a number of dog-friendly beaches for those who love the sun, sand and sea: Fort DeSoto Dog Beach Pass-a-Grille Dog Beach Sunset Dog Beach Hurricane Preparedness When the weather’s less than friendly for bar-hopping or beachgoing and a hurricane is on the way, remember your pets need evacuation plans, too! These Pinellas County shelters are dog and cat friendly: Oak Grove Middle School 1370 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater John Hopkins Middle School 701 16th Street S., St. Petersburg Dunedin Middle School 70 Patricia Avenue, Dunedin Pre-registration for pets is required, so contact Pinellas County Animal Services at 727-582-2600 or register online at www.pinellascounty.org.

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Pet-Friendly News

Woof, Meow, Chirp and Slither Gotta say we lick, or rather like, the name of the new exhibit at Florida CraftArt: Woof, Meow, Chirp and Slither: Artists Interpret the World of Pets. From across Florida, 36 artists created over 100 pieces from jeweled cat collars to ceramic dog bowls and sculptures of pets. The juried exhibition was inspired by the City’s new pet-friendly initiative St. Pete PAWS.

Doggy Day Care, Good Grooming, Pet Walking and Recreation 3:30-5 pm Love at First Bark: Unexpected ways to encounter animals, meet and greet from goat yoga to Alligator Attraction 5-6 pm Yappy Hour with Meowgaritas

During the exhibition which runs through August 10, programming will include artists’ demos, workshops, pet meet-and-greets, and partnerships with non-profit organizations and businesses.

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July 31, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Pet Planning Advice: Estate and Pet Planning, Disaster Preparedness, Hospice

July 18, 5:30 – 7 p.m. CASA nonprofit meet-up with a pack of local pet services and resources.

August 3, 1:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ask a Pro 1:30 –2:30 Tips for healthy indoor cats 2:30-3:30 CBD dog health 3:30 – 4:30 Responsible breeders 4:30 – 5:30 Ask a Vet panel 5:30 – 6:30 Yappy Hour for pets and their people

July 20, 1:30 – 6 p.m. SPCA brings a doggone great day of events not to miss, that demonstrates achieving a ‘Better Cities for Pets” certification. 1:30-3 pm Panel discussion and demo, How to help your pet make friends: Positive Training,

August 10, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Closing reception. People’s Choice Award and paint your own Art Rock Florida CraftArt is at 501 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. www.floridacraftart.org

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Treats on the Streets Rescue Dog Yoga First Saturdays, 10- 11am Cost: $20 Grassroots Kava House, 957 Central Ave., St. Petersburg Looking for a fur-ever friend? On the first Saturday of every month, join SPCA Tampa Bay and Pup Active for beginners yoga while adoptable pups roam, snuggle and play; then stick around for coffee or tea. BYO mat and arrive 15 minutes prior to class. Please RSVP to LToy@spcatampabay.org; no outside dogs allowed. A portion of proceeds will be donated to SPCA Tampa Bay. SPCA Yappy Hour Thursday, July 25 6-8 pm Love My Dog Waterpark and Resort, 6427 54th Ave N., St. Petersburg Cool off at SPLASHY HOUR with SPCA Tampa Bay. Bring your pups to this social event and

enjoy snacks, drawings and door prizes while your pup frolics in the Love My Dog’s doggie water park! Well behaved, dogfriendly dogs welcome; free. A pet food donation will get you a door prize ticket. Contact: LToy@SPCATampaBay.org SPCA Yappy Hour Thursday, August 15 6-8 pm The Ale and Witch, 111 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg Thursday, August 29 6-8 pm Pinellas Ale Works, 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg Meet the faces of your local SPCA and show your support for homeless animals all while enjoying tasty brews with your friends and dogs. Our newly released ‘Yappy Hour’ t-shirt will be available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the shelter. Bring a pet food donation to support our community food bank and receive a free drawing ticket; admission is free. Contact: LToy@SPCATampaBay.org

Mayor Rick Kriseman is inviting all businesses in St. Petersburg to apply to participate in the Mayor’s Pet-Friendly Business Program through the City of St. Petersburg. This program is part of the St. Pete PAWS initiative, which strives to make St. Petersburg a place where pets are happy, welcome and healthy. It’s part of a national movement called “Better Cities for Pets” which certifies cities that meet certain pet-friendly criteria. Participating businesses will receive one-year certification as a Pet-Friendly Certified Business, a listing on the city’s pet-friendly map, a window decal, a shareable social media graphic and additional resources. More information, program benefits and applications and can be found at www.stpete.org/PAWS



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BY MARCIA BIGGS Some things in life are just expected – fireworks on Fourth of July, lots of rain in the summer and that weird Christmas present you have to pretend you really like. When it comes to eating out in downtown St. Pete, some things are expected, as well. One of those is the exceptional food and service at 400 Beach, a locals favorite on fashionable Beach Drive for more than a decade that never disappoints. Among other kudos, 400 Beach has been recognized as a Florida Trend Top 20 Restaurant and a Trip Advisor Award of Excellence winner, honored by Wine Spectator with an Award of Excellence for an outstanding wine list (2018) and a Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Besties Award (2019). Executive Chef Daniel McClinton lends a steady hand at the helm in the kitchen, where a talented crew presents an extensive array of cuisine to perfection. Where to go for an al fresco dining experience or a late-night nibble with a casual ambiance and a view of downtown’s waterfront? You



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will most likely find yourself at 400 Beach. Just a stone’s throw from the bustling Vinoy Renaissance, 400 Beach has long been a spot to mingle and mix with international tourists, major league baseball players and visiting rock stars. Find someone who has not attended a party or banquet here and I’ll give you a dime for each. Pick a spot inside where you can snag a great view for people watching or grab a table on the sidewalk patio. You might run into owners Steve and Nancy Westphal, who are considered rock stars on the St. Pete foodie scene and are about as hands-on as it gets. They often pop in at their restaurants – Parkshore Grill and The Annex (just up Beach Drive), the Hangar at Albert Whitted Airport and Café Gala at the Dali Museum. The Westphals are active supporters of the community, hosting and sponsoring many benefits and banquets and generously giving in many ways (a portion of 400 Beach proceeds goes to Feeding Tampa Bay). Son Johnny and his wife Hayley are managing behind the

DINING OUT scenes, along with a staff of longtime devoted and highly skilled staff. What’s to eat? For starters, the Sunday Brunch is nearly legendary - and, yes, it’s a real buffet. There’s a seafood bar, a bountiful salad table complete with cheese, breads and muffins, an omelette station, a roast beef and spiral ham carving station, entrees from eggs benedict to blintzes, and a blow-me-down Dessert Room filled with sweet treats from mousse and delicate pastries to fruit tarts and cakes. All this for $25.95 with 4 bucks for mimosas, Bloody Marys, and screwdrivers. Happy hour and early dinner specials are hands-down one of the best in town: Happy hour is from 3 to 6 pm Monday through Friday with half price drafts, house wines and well drinks and $6 bar bites. From 3 to 6 pm daily you can also indulge in a three-course dinner for $15.95. The entrée menu features coconut shrimp, blackened tilapia, shrimp scampi pasta, glazed salmon, sirloin and mushrooms, vegetable stir fry, chicken and tenderloin skewers. Coastal cuisine is the main claim to fame here, with a highly diverse lunch and dinner menu offering fresh seafood and steaks, salads and appetizers. Get started with the Iced Seafood Platter or Oyster Trio and a crisp reisling for a hot summer day (the wine list is outstanding). For a light bite, you can’t beat the mini cheeseburgers or the crab cakes; the coconut ginger mussels with red chili and lemongrass will make you sing. Lunch entrees, served from 11 am to 5 pm, are generous and come with Island rice and fresh vegetables. Some excellent choices include the Shrimp Linguini, Miso Glazed Salmon, Tenderloin Skewers and the Beach Stir Fry. The salads are all winners, especially the Chicken Cobb Salad, the Black and Bleu Sirloin Salad, Seafood Louis Salad and the classic Iceberg Wedge doused with chunky blue cheese dressing. A fine selection of burgers, wraps and sandwiches ranges from grouper, to shrimp po boys, to a New England lobster roll. And what’s a lunch menu without tacos – you have four to choose from but we love the blackened mahi. Dinners offer something for everyone. The top-selling Grouper Oscar comes topped with tender lump crab and hollandaise and three asparagus spears. The flavors and textures meld perfectly. An excellent choice is the Filet Mignon and King Crab, both cooked to perfection and presented with a side of garlic mashed potatoes. Miso Glazed Salmon and Sesame Seared Tuna, Lobster Mac and Cheese, Broiled Lobster Tails, Braised Boneless Short Ribs, and Pan Seared Sea Scallops, with combos like a Seafood Sampler (salmon, scallops, crab cake, rice and vegetables) and Shrimp and Sirloin, round out the entrees. All fish can be prepared as you like – sautéed, grilled, blackened or scampi. If you’re looking for an after-concert drop-in spot, look no further. The kitchen is open until 10 pm on weekends. Steve and Nancy Westphal

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DINING OUT 475 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg www.iberianrooster.com (727) 258-8753 Dinner and nightly entertainment: Monday - Friday 4pm-3am Brunch Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 am (Drag Brunch every Saturday) PHOTO/IBERIAN ROOSTER

New menu items feature Chimichurri Steak with purple Peruvian potatoes and Shishito Peppers with tofu and microgreens. BY JENNIFER LEE Do you ever wonder where the name of a restaurant originates? I do. So, when I had the opportunity to sit down with Iberian Rooster owner Russell Andrade, it was one of the first questions on my list. It might have something to do with the “rooster” being Portugal’s national bird or that Portugal is known as the Iberian Peninsula but there could be a little more to the Rooster story, too. More on this later. Andrade is an accomplished opera singer with over 20 years of experience, holding three bachelor’s degrees in music and a resume that consists of powerhouses like Opera Tampa, St. Pete Opera and most recently New Century Opera. While learning about baritone notes, he was also surrounded by the aromatic recipes in his grandmother’s kitchen - Grandma Afra. The Iberian Rooster menu incorporates many of her recipes (she owned a restaurant for over 50 years so knew a thing or two about flavor, spices and slow cooking). Iberian Rooster honors it all infused with a modern spin. Everything is made in-house and a pastry chef on-site focuses solely on breads, cakes and desserts. Count on homemade sauces, dressings, soups, sauces, in-house cured sausage and chorizo, they even make their bitters and syrups used behind the bar. First, let’s talk about the serious international palate Iberian Rooster



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presents. There is an abundance of flavors from the former colonies of Portugal such as Latin tastes from Brazil, African infusion from Mozambique, Indian spices from Goa (goh-aa) and Asian flair from Macau. Kari Debal (Devils Curry) is made with your choice of protein in a marsala coconut curry vegetable mix, over basmati rice and cucumber yogurt. Choose from Snapper, Chimichurri steak, Rack of Lamb and Bacalhau (Pan seared, salted cod). There are gluten-free and vegan options, as well, and all menu items are nut-free. A house favorite is Sorpotel, a traditional Goan dish. Everyone in India thinks “their” Sorpotel is the best. But owner Andrade says, “they have it all wrong, because my Grandmother’s is the best!” A hearty but light pork dish cooked in red marsala and Grandma Afra’s special spice mix. A healthy kick of vinegar cooked in with the pork will make your eyes squint for a split second and complements the entire dish perfectly. It’s served over a bed of airy basmati rice cooked with herbs, peas and pearl onion topped with charred scallion. The Iberian Chorizo Burger is unbelievably good and packed with the perfect combinations of flavors. It’s a blend of ground beef and in-house cured chorizo served on homemade Portuguese sweet bread, with Manchego cheese, pickled red onions, black pepper aioli, Shishito peppers and a date, beet, carrot slaw. This will not be a


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burger you are likely to share or forget. I was excited to taste some of the new items Iberian just rolled out. An appetizer of braised Duck Fat Pork Belly with lentils and carrots is topped off with shoestring potatoes. Looking for a light and summery salad? Dive into their Red Grapefruit Salad, a chilled plate of red and golden beets, mango, pomegranate, segments of ruby red grapefruit and oranges, Sorrell lettuce, mint and citrus vinaigrette.

Settle into a cozy booth, tables for two, rustic and modern tables, high-tops, semi-circle couch or simply at the centrally located bar. Background music falls between ethereal, electronic and ambient hums with a low-key vibe. Iberian Rooster is a proud supporter of the LGBTQ community and gives back with specials like My Little Pony, a rainbow cocktail packed with crushed ice, colorfully layered with Blue Curacao, Bacardi rum, orange juice and Grenadine. Each drink sold provides a donation to Metro Inclusive Health (LGBT).

And let’s talk about the wide-range nightly entertainment. The week the restaurant opened (November 2016) Gloria West played followed by a Burlesque show the next night. Iberian Rooster has not stopped hosting entertainment including Drag Brunches, Nerd Nite (think Discovery Channel with beer), Classical Revolution, Burlesque, Soulful Fridays, Reggae Underground and Lip Sync Battles with Karaoke, to name a few.

Now back to that Iberian Rooster. Legend has it that a drifter came into town and was accused of stealing from the people. For these alleged crimes he was sentenced to death. He claimed his innocence and said “I am telling you the truth. I did not steal anything.” The drifter said, “See that rooster in the pot of boiling water? I swear, if I am telling you the truth that rooster will crow three times to prove my innocence.” Low and behold he did.

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Grill & Pair It BY WILL HOWARD Summer is upon us and that means that it’s time for grilling, cookouts, and barbecue. I’d like to help everyone incorporate wine into these summertime meals with some helpful tips on pairing food and wine. The concept of pairing wine with food should be thought of as creating a symphony of flavor. Don’t think of the food or the wine alone, but think of how they interact with each other. My favorite pairing is spicy food with sweet wine. If you can stand spicy food, but are not a pepper head, have no fear. Pairing a good sweet white with spicy food will make your meal pop. The sweetness coats the tongue, blocking some of the capsicum, and giving your palate a reprieve from the heat. The low alcohol and the cooler temperature are important because it quenches your thirst. For grilled jerk chicken I would recommend a sweet, low alcohol, white wine, that is served a little colder than normal (40°). So next time you fire up the grill and make jerk chicken, try grabbing a sweeter bottle of Riesling or Gewürztraminer. Recommended: C.H. Berres, Riesling, Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese - This Riesling is sweet, honey- colored, and aromatic. This is a great summer wine pairing for spicy jerk chicken. The minerality and citrus flavors will add another dimension to spicy cuisine. Pairing wine with barbecue ribs, pulled pork, or brisket is a challenge because there are so many flavors that come into play. Generally, red wines with bold flavors and tannin work well with barbecue meats because the tannin is balanced by the fat in the meat. Italian wines made from Sangiovese, Primitivo, or Nebbiolo are great options for ribs and pulled pork because they have ample tannin and acidity. For beef, especially brisket, try a Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, or Syrah. The savory flavors of pepper, tobacco, and dark fruit will complement heavier red meat. Recommended: Domenico Clerico, Barolo - The tannin is striking and will not go unnoticed when paired with sweet unctuous pulled pork. The dark fruit, tobacco, and acidity will leave your mouth watering for some proper barbecued pork. Most Barolo comes with



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a price, but this pairing is worth it. Especially if you can find a bottle with some age. Keep in mind that even with the perfect pairing for your protein, the sauce is the boss when it comes to flavor. If barbecue sauce is on the food, then take that into consideration when selecting a wine. The standard Kansas City BBQ sauce works with moderately dry and savory reds like Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah. Sweet and tangy North Carolina BBQ sauce can stand up to bold reds, so go big here with Petite Sirah, Mourvédre, or Malbec. Mustard based South Carolina BBQ sauce needs some acidity and tannin. It will pair with a little bit lighter body red like Sangiovese, Barbera, or Burgundy and Oregon based Pinot Noir. Recommended: Domaine Justin Girardin, Bourgogne Rouge - This Burgundy offers old vines, a family pedigree in Burgundy spanning over 400 years, and an affordable price. This is my choice for pairing with South Carolina BBQ. There are also some great wine pairing opportunities with lighter fare like grilled seafood. It’s important to balance the weight of the food with the body of the wine. Firm fish like swordfish or yellowfin tuna are great options with light bodied chillable red or rosé wines like Pinot Noir or Gamay. Fatty or oil rich fish like salmon will work better with full bodied whites like Chardonnay, Viognier, or Sémillon. Light and flakey branzino, tilapia, or red snapper pair with light crisp whites like Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, and Vinho Verde. And finally, the natural pairing for scallops and oysters are the lightly oaked, mineral driven, Chardonnays of Chablis. Recommended: Ovum, Big Salt, White Wine - This is a co-fermented blend of Riesling and Gewürztraminer that uses only indigenous yeast. The wine is crisp, fruity, citrusy, salty, and the perfect wine of the summer. This is my pick for grilled branzino, catching up with friends, or enjoying the beach. Will Howard is Sommelier at Rococo Steak in St. Petersburg. His Wine Cellar recommendations are available at the restaurant.

FOOD BITES A trip across the pond is well worth it to indulge in the authentic tapas, paella, Cubans, seafood dishes and mojo pork at the new Hotel Alba’s Spaniard restaurant on 5303 W. Kennedy Blvd. at the east end of the Howard Frankland. The first Tapestry Collection by Hilton in Florida, the upscale modern Spanish-theme hotel pays homage to Ybor City’s cigar-making heritage throughout. The Spaniard presents a fine menu of Spanish-inspired dishes in a casual indoor/outdoor dining room, featuring locally-sourced ingredients. Be sure to order a mojito and stay late to mingle at the pool tiki bar.

Datz Da Ticket The wildly popular Datz in South Tampa has opened a location in downtown St. Pete. Coowners Suzanne and Roger Perry cut the ribbon on the new restaurant on June 17. The Perrys are the team behind another popular dining establishment – Dr. BBQ in the EDGE District, which opened in October. The St. Petersburg Datz is at 180 Central Avenue, adjacent to the James Museum where they also manage the museum café. Expect a mouth-watering menu of creative comfort foods and a casual, friendly bar and lounge.

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FOOD BITES Guests in town? Give them a taste of St. Pete’s beautiful waterfront on the Beach Drive Dine and Wine Tour. The 3-hour walking tour starts at the Vinoy Renaissance and ambles up Beach Drive to the Birchwood for a wine and food pairing and a visit to the rooftop Canopy to catch some spectacular views. Next stop is Sundial, where Farm Table Cucina provides the next wine and food pairing. Then it’s back to Beach Drive for stops at Flute & Dram for champagne and caviar, and finally Cassis for an oh-so delightful French pastry and coffee. Cost is $75; go to tampabayfoodtours.com.

Locale Market at Sundial has revamped their menus, and introduced a new Mediterranean concept. We love the new St. Petersbagel, with house-made breakfast sausage, scrambled egg, cheddar cheese and jalapeño jam; and the Avocado Toast with fresh avocado and champagne vinaigrette on house-baked bread. Slap an egg on top for the ultimate breakfast. The new Mediterranean counter allows you to build your own pita sandwich or bowl with options like turmeric rice, spaghetti squash, grilled salmon, beef kofta, falafel and more. Sea Salt’s healthy Sizzling Summer menu features St. Pete Salad Bowls perfect for hot summer days and nights, like a Grilled Top Sirloin Salad Bowl with Burrata Cheese and Balsamic Dressing. Daily lunch specials at the bar from 11:30 am to 3 pm are $12.95 and include a glass of house wine. The Chef’s three-course Summer Menu from 5 to 7 pm daily is $35 for appetizer, entrée and dessert. Happy hour is always a happening scene at the bar, too. Enjoy half-price bar menu, wine, beer and spirits from 3 to 6 pm.

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FOOD BITES Callaloo, home of Southern comfort dining at 642 22nd Street S., is offering 15% off the food bill to all faculty and students of St. Pete College Midtown and Downtown locations with ID. Bring your appetite for some of the best Southern fare in the ‘Burg, including Lobster Mac n Cheese Skillet, BBQ Pulled Pork and Cuban sandwiches, Catfish Po’Boy, Fried Chicken and Waffles, Pork Chops, BBQ Ribs, Southern Meatloaf, and (drumroll, please) Maple Biscuit Topped with Warm Peach Cobbler. Don’t forget the Sunday Jazz Brunch from 11 am to 3 pm; closed Mondays. Green Bench Brewing Co.’s new two-story tasting room Webb’s City Cellar is now open right next door at 1120 Baum Ave N. With a more eclectic selection of brews (think sour and wild ales), the new tasting room is part of a larger $3.4 million expansion project for Green Bench. We love the more intimate atmosphere including the wood barrels in the cellar. This is the largest beer cellar in Florida and the only brewery in the Southeast to ferment beers in Belgian-style wooden casks.

SPL simply loves the cool vibes and tasty offerings in the EDGE District’s Baum Avenue Market at 1113 Central Avenue (which, by the way, was the original Central Avenue in the early days of St. Petersburg). The bright, airy 4,600-squarefoot indoor food hall and event space has tile floors, a high ceiling and encourages communal nibbling and conversation with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. The concept features a variety of healthy pop-ups for noshing your day away including The Twisted Indian, Valhalla Bakery, La V and Modern Brine. In the near future, look for a new creperie, Vietnamese take-out by La V, and seafood lunch bites by Modern Brine. Days and hours vary; check out the Facebook page or baumavemarket.com The dumpling plays a starring role with a variety of dipping sauces at the German Knoodle, a European style café at 951 Central Avenue. Try the sweet ones for breakfast (wild cherry with dark chocolate) or the savory ones for dinner (four cheese, mushroom and truffle oil). An eclectic menu includes everything from a bratwurst and burgers to panini and salads. Open daily; germanknoodle.com.

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Bonnie Strickland Executive Director of Luxury Sales The Strickland Group at Douglas Elliman Real Estate 100 Beach Drive NE, Suite 201, St. Petersburg (727) 698-5708

BY CINDY COCKBURN Hello Summer! Tis the season to relax and take it slow right? Not so for entrepreneur and real estate rock star Bonnie Strickland. Her name has been associated with The City of St. Petersburg and the luxury real estate market for decades. As Executive Director of Luxury Sales for the Strickland Group, there is no “down time” in booming St. Pete as she oversees a team of twelve agents. Bonnie has had tremendous success. Her team closed $148 million in sales last year showcasing properties all around Tampa Bay. We caught up with her in her Beach Drive office as she dashed between appointments and meetings. You’ve not only helped hundreds (maybe thousands) of families start a new life in St. Pete but you’re proof that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and thriving. Did you ever imagine St. Pete would be the focus of such a tremendous growth period? As a St. Pete native, I have always believed we had a hidden gem in St. Petersburg. The word is out about our vibrant city and all that it has to offer. I recently sold a luxury waterfront home to a couple from San Francisco that came to St. Pete to attend the Blues Festival and they fell in love and had to buy. Perhaps the Dallas Morning News sums it up beautifully with their recent story headline proclaiming St. Pete has gone from “Senior Rest Home to Hipster Hangout” because it’s certainly the truth!




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Your Strickland Group has been a consistent industry award-winner and known for providing a distinct “boutique” style personal service touch. Do you think this business motto is the reason that 99% of your business has been repeat and referral?

CONVERSATIONS Yes, without a doubt! My team is committed to our clients and our community, and each real estate agent was handpicked by me to provide the very best possible customer service and experience.

comes on board in December. In addition, fans heading to Tampa Bay for Super Bowl in 2021 will find an entirely renovated downtown St. Pete.

Your recent collaboration with nationally recognized industry leader Douglas Elliman Real Estate will add global exposure to Tampa Bay. Is your team excited to offer an international “reach” for your customers?

As a local resident with a passion for St. Pete, what is on your personal Top 10 list of attractions, restaurants and “wow” events?

Yes, we wanted to expose St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay to an international audience and are very excited about the global connectivity that Douglas Elliman has to offer. There’s such tremendous growth from international visitors with all eyes on booming Tampa Bay and St. Pete. From the new 26-acre Pier District opening next year to the continued growth of the arts districts as the new $90 million Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement as a 137,000-square-foot project downtown

It’s hard to narrow it down to 10! What is not to love about everything? The biggest compliment I get when I relocate someone to our city is “everyone is so friendly” which I find to be absolutely true. If someone is looking for a walkable, livable, vibrant city that offers the best in everything they will find a lifestyle that includes the arts, fabulous restaurants, entertainment, baseball, soccer, boating, the beaches, and more. St. Petersburg is the perfect choice.

PHOTO/ROD MILLINGTON Bonnie Strickland, fourth from left, is joined by her team of real estate agents. The Strickland Group closed on $148 million in sales last year around Tampa Bay.

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This Treasure Island beach house was a blast for David Fischer, owner and principal designer at ZaZoo’d in St. Pete. The finished patio/ pool area was so unique, it was recently featured in an article on houzz.com as one of the Top 30 Home Bars from Around the Globe.


that were acquired in the beginning stages. Some of those included an antique rowboat that became a unique ceiling fixture housing a crystal chandelier in the master bathroom and an antique ship’s masthead that became the focal point of the back patio bar.”

The client expressed that they were wanting a comfortable, nautical, coastal vibe, said Fischer. For this entire home remodel, they were interested in combining vintage/antique and new/modern elements. They gave us free-reign after that!” he said.

The client frequently entertains and wanted that to be a focus of the home’s design. With the incredible view from this property’s backyard, the outdoor living design was just as important as the interior.

“Our design was inspired by a few nautical antique showpieces

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SPL LIVING dining, living, and bar. The covered dining area sits directly outside the main interior living room, on the second level of the home. Drapes surround the area adding a softness to the space and a vintage seafood sign from one of the original Disney restaurants, hangs to the side.” The outdoor dining table, made of reclaimed French oak, seats eight under a beautiful outdoor chandelier with a spectacular view of the intercostal. Down the stairs from the dining area is the pool with a covered living area and, the main focal point of the backyard, the custom-built bar. Instead of bar stools, guests sit on fun, rustic swings and a vintage surfboard became a unique awning just above. The layered paint technique used on the bar top created the perfect distressed look. A mix of large vintage sign letters spelling out “bar” and “swim” hang on walls to help define the space and add a whimsical feel.

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Florida Summer Days and Nights PHOTOS/BARRY LIVELY

BY MICHELLE BOUDREAU The St. Pete home of John and Stacy Milkovich certainly showcases the best of summer Florida lifestyle, and DoMA Home Furnishings of St. Pete provided the perfect outdoor seating design to enjoy year-round. David King shared the inspiration for all, “The objective was to create three distinct areas, the sitting/lounge, dining and sun deck. The lounge area includes a comfortable sectional, large club chairs and a round corian cocktail table that has a built in lazy susan. Or remove the lid to reveal an ice bucket to keep your beverages cold. Wonderful for entertaining! The area is flanked on one side with a propane fire place and on the other side, a putting green. Adjacent is an aluminum and frosted glass dining table with comfortable padded sling chairs. You



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can relax and look over a beautiful green yard with extended views into Tampa Bay in one direction and the pool with raised spillover spa and sun deck in the other. The final goal was to maintain a seamless transition to the outside space from the interior design with continuing the palette of cool blues, grays and whites.” The table is set with a Florida whimsical theme including fun stemware and the official margarita machine table side from Margaritaville on Gulf Blvd., St Pete Beach. You are ready to sit back sip a refreshing cocktail and enjoy the view!

Summer evenings in Florida are certainly relaxing and beautiful, made for creating lasting memories with friends and family. The night lights from city views are breathtaking as you see here with the night view of Clearwater, taken from the elegant pool design by Landmark pools. They specialize in designing and building custom pools and spas with unique features such as negative edges, stone work, waterfalls and fountains. See the back cover for more on Landmark Pools.

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The Life of the Patio

Looking for a natural mosquito repellent? Rescue DecoShield® Lanterns ($15.99) repel mosquitoes and biting flies within a 300-squarefoot space using all-natural essential oils. You will need a couple batteries to light the lantern, but it’s pretty enough to set on a table and provides a nice, ambient light. Go to www.rescue.com.

Keep your bubbly nicely chilled in a silver octopus beverage tub ($339) from ZaZoo’d.

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Let the Good Times Roll Looking for a fun way to explore the Burg’s hopping nightlife without the hassle of driving and parking? Look no further than the wacky but wonderful PedalPub, that carriage-style “bike with a barrel” you see most weekends carrying groups of merrymakers on 16 bicycle seats. You can’t help but get happy as the music cranks up and the pedal-powered vehicle hits the streets of the EDGE or Grand Central District. Bring your own beverages (alcohol is OK, but no liquor or glass) and enjoy the two-hour tour of various bars and breweries. Venues can vary, but generally there are three stops – we visited 3 Daughters Brewery, Urban Brew & BBQ and the Dog Bar the night we went. (Side note: This is a great way to check out those amazing street murals, as seen in the photo.) The ride starts from the PedalPub garage at 1975 3rd Ave. S. Single seats are $33-$38 depending on the day of the week. Check out the details and make reservations at www.pedalpubstpete.com


Art Shade Rain, rain, don’t go away …. we want to use our beautiful, chic umbrellas! Summer means rain here in Tampa Bay, which is why everyone needs umbrellas to match their mood. Like a good pair of shoes, you can’t have just one. We love the selection of colorful “art” umbrellas available at the Museum of Fine Arts store, 255 Beach Drive NE. These pretty parapluies ($32-$42) will make you shine, no matter the weather.

BRUNCH BEYOND JUST BENEDICTS Rococo has launched its new sunday brunch menu. featured menu items include shrimp & octopus grits, cured-citrus salmon board, watermelon salad with pork Half Ad unlimited mimosas and much more. belly,Page bacon flight, Only available on Sundays from 11am - 3pm. View full menu on rococosteak.com. Reservations are recommended.

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Wayne Brady at Mahaffey

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Is there anything Wayne Brady can’t do? The five-time Emmy award winning and Grammy nominee can list actor, singer, dancer, improv comedian, game show host and songwriter on his showbiz resume. He’s bringing his signature off the cuff brilliance on his new comedy tour to the Mahaffey Theater at 7 pm on Sunday, October 13. Tickets are $65, $55, $45, $35. Purchase tickets at www. themahaffey.com, call (727) 300-2000 or stop by the box office.

Free swing dancing takes over the Sundial Courtyard from 7 to 8:30 pm the second Thursday of each month. No partner needed; free lesson at 7 pm. Free yoga with The Body Electric in the courtyard from 8 to 9 am the second Saturday of each month. Bring your own mat. Here’s a happy hour to beat the heat. It will be snowing (yes, snow) at Sundial for Christmas in July on July 20 from 5 to 8 pm with arts and crafts, Santa photos, a DJ and lots of sales.

July 18-21 The Palladium, Side Door Tickets $36 reserved, $18 advance, $22 day of show, $15 students From Bill Leavengood, the writer/director of Webb’s City: The Musical, comes Drilled! The Musical Promising to be a rollicking song and dance political satire that irreverently skewers right and left-wing fanatics, the health care system, the Executive Office, the 1% and, of course, dentists. Larry the Laborer, a blue-collar celebrity and conservative icon who helped his party win the White House, has fallen on hard times. Jobless, loveless and plagued with a painful toothache, Larry journeys to the office of the only dental conglomerate that will accept his lousy insurance And that’s where his comic nightmare really begins. Who doesn’t need a good laugh right now?

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Getting Around on the Cheap Psssst. Wanna free ride? If you’re downtown, say having dinner, drinks, at the Trop or Al Lang for a sporting event or at a concert at The Mahaffey, you have several ways to get a free ride around downtown or back to your car. That’s right, FREE. Hop aboard The Looper, the brightly painted rubber wheel trolley you see cruising around the streets, to connect to the city’s major museums and attractions. (The Central Avenue Trolley connects to The Looper near Bayshore Drive.) https:// loopertrolley.com/schedules

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Attention, Rays fans! A free shuttle from downtown to Tropicana Field operates for every home game. Buses, mini buses and trolleys provide the service starting 90 minutes prior to the beginning of the game until one hour after the game, running continuously. See the map for the shuttle route. We love Baum Avenue Market already with its restaurant pop-ups, but now it’s reached new heights of coolness with Sans Market on the second level. It’s a zero-waste lifestyle store aimed at helping people transition away from plastics, disposables, and toxic ingredients. Come here to find all-natural products for the home such as chemical-free household cleaning products that you can buy by the ounce in refillable jars. Owner Eniko Olah is happy to help customers select from organic personal health and beauty aids like soaps, shampoos, deoderants, and baby products. Don’t forget the stainless steel and bamboo straws, St. Pete!

If you download the app on your phone, you can summon the Nickel Ride, which is now clean electric vehicles instead of the former open-air shuttles. Look for the brightly painted new Nissan LEAFS; all rides are for tips. It runs 11 am to 9 pm Monday through Thursday, until 2 am on Friday and Saturday,


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Dubbed by Time Magazine as one of the ‘Best Inventions of 2018’, ACUVUE has incorporated the patented photochromic Transitions ™ technology into a soft contact lens. Many eyeglass wearers have long been familiar with Transitions ™ lenses. When added into a lens, the special photochromic dye will cause a lens to activate, or darken, when exposed to ultraviolet rays from sunlight. The new product is best suited for those living an active lifestyle, as these contacts help reduce exposure to bright lights, both indoors and outdoors. Let’s face it, here in Florida we’re bombarded by sunlight nearly 365 days a year, bright new fluorescent and LED lights at home and in the office, and a constant stream of light from our various digital devices. Will these contacts give us that break that our eyes have been craving? According to ACUVUE, their new lenses regulate the amount of indoor and outdoor light entering the eye, including filtering blue light and blocking harmful UV rays. They’ve also shown to help patient’s vision recover from bright light faster, provide enhanced color contrast, and reduce squinting. Does this mean contact lens wearers can finally leave their sunglasses behind? Not quite. The lenses don’t block as much UV light as a typical sunglass. Also, the lenses don’t cover the entirety of the eye and surrounding areas. The new contacts will begin to darken as soon as they’re exposed to sunlight, reaching full activation within 45 seconds and blocking 70 percent of visible light. Conversely, the lenses will fade from dark to clear within 90 seconds when going from outdoors to indoors. Will these contacts make your eyes appear black like you’re a cast

member of the cult TV show True Blood? Not necessarily. Upon full activation, most wearer’s eye color will appear every so slightly darker, with an additional ring of light gray around the iris. Wearers with darker colored eyes will notice the change less than those with lighter iris colors. Johnson & Johnson Vision has collaborated with professional baseball player Bryce Harper to serve as a brand ambassador: “My eyes have to be in tip-top shape to recognize pitches at bat and to react quickly in the field, in all types of lighting conditions,” said Bryce Harper. “Since I’ve been wearing ACUVUE OASYS with TRANSITIONS to get ready for the season, I’m able to squint less and see more.” Miracle new medical device or novelty?- let your eyes decide. At VIP Eye Care and Optical Boutiques we embrace new advances in technology for contact lenses and eyeglass lenses that enhance our patients visual experience. Visit us at VIP Eye Care & Optical Boutiques to be fit in the new ACUVUE OASYS with TRANSITIONS.

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Scott Bill

The Brian Bill Foundation PHOTOS FROM SCOTT BILL

Equine-assisted therapy programs have been proven to have emotional healing attributes for those suffering from PTSD, depression and stress-related illnesses. BY MARCIA BIGGS When Scott Bill lost his US Navy SEAL son, Brian, on August 6, 2011, in Afghanistan, his world was shattered. Brian Bill was larger than life, destined for greatness, a mountaineer who had scaled three of the world’s highest summits, a triathlete, marathoner and pilot. He was planning to become an astronaut. Deployed to Iraq on four occasions, and to Afghanistan four times, Brian Bill had been awarded four Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart and 14 other decorations. He tragically lost his life when he and 29 other American service members were killed; their military helicopter shot down west of Kabul was the greatest single loss of life ever suffered by the U.S. Special Operations community. With his son gone, Scott Bill knew he had to continue his legacy, make him proud. He wanted to give back, some way, somehow. Today, the Brian Bill Foundation works with Special Operations wounded warriors to help heal the emotional wounds of war. The foundation offers equine assisted therapy through weekend healing retreats. The Brian Bill Foundation covers all expenses of the program for each participant, including airfare, food, lodging, and the costs of all the therapies employed. The long weekend retreats are for Special Ops active military



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and retired veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress, mild traumatic brain injury, and pain management. “At first I wanted to work with Gold Star families but felt I wasn’t doing enough,” explained Scott Bill. “I was a Gold Star parent myself but I knew I could do more. Brian was a Navy SEAL, so I wanted to stay within his group. I decided to work with Special Ops since their chance of getting wounded is much higher than regular military and their chances of getting post-traumatic stress or other combat issues is also much higher.” From his Sarasota home at the time, Scott Bill got to work in 2014. His goal: Establish a 501(c)3 foundation honoring the memory of Brian and all of his fellow Special Operations warriors who have died since 9/11. He established a board of directors (he is the President and Chair) and began looking for certified therapists who could work within an equine assisted therapy program. Scott Bill met his wife, Jennifer, after moving to the Old Northeast neighborhood in St. Petersburg several years ago. Jennifer now works alongside Scott, a partner in every sense of the word, assisting with administration and fundraising for the foundation and the many other details that require them to travel to military events


Participants in the weekend retreats engage is stress-reduction “guy-yoga.” Scott Bill is always on hand during the retreats. and meetings across the country. They are proud to claim that over 230 special ops military, veterans and spouses have participated in the Warrior Healing Program. Scott Bill was presented with a Tampa Bay Lightning Community Heroes Award in 2018 and earlier this year he received the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Patriot Award. Healing Retreats Each retreat consists of a small group of 6 or 8 men who come from all over the country. Couples retreats are held several times a year to help reconnect and energize couples dealing with pressures that accompany military life. On hand for every retreat, welcoming and overseeing his guests, is Scott Bill. The four-day weekend is held at Westgate River Ranch Resort, in the scrub pines and oak hammocks west of Yeehaw Junction in South Central Florida. Participants are immersed in an itinerary that includes exercise and health seminars, camaraderie, and professional certified psycho-therapists in one-on-one sessions and teamwork. Early morning yoga (or “guy-oga” as they prefer to call it) teaches breathing and stretching and meditation exercises to relax the inner soul. Behavioral therapists who have extensive experience working with those affected by PTSD, chronic pain and other emotional disorders will guide classes to help heal the mind, spirit and body. The weekend also includes education on nutrition and a technique called iRest which is a form of yoga nidra, “it’s a technique that helps you gain mind control in order to fall asleep,” explains Scott Bill. “Navy SEALS use it without the yoga part, it’s a conscious sleep, allows you to fall asleep anywhere anytime.”

Evening campfires for socializing and a visit to the Saturday night rodeo at the ranch round out of the retreat. Horse Power At the heart of the program is the healing power of horses. “I love horses, grew up with them in Connecticut,” said Scott Bill, who served in the US Army for two years and worked in property development with custom-design homes for more than three decades. “After I visited a couple equine therapy programs I thought this is the perfect fit, so equine therapy is at the nucleus of the program, it’s what we spend the most time doing on our group weekends.” It’s more than learning to ride a horse, Scott explains. They team older passive horses with a rider, who learns how to work one on one and form a relationship with the horse. They need to care for the horse, walk it, ride it, groom it. The experience teaches trust, respect, responsibility, non-verbal communication. Scott and Jennifer Bill work diligently, seeking donors and organizing fundraising events to help pay for the retreats. Each retreat costs the foundation $22,00 to $25,000, they estimate, including air fare of all participants. “We rely on major donors, they supply most of our funding,” says Scott Bill. “Events like golf tournaments and runs help and we are going to be seeking more grants.” He knows Brian would be proud of what he has accomplished. “It’s amazing what our little program can do to help change lives, to give them a toolbox to take home with them to heal. It’s gotten into our souls, being able to help Brian’s buddies.”

What is Equine-Assisted Therapy Equine assisted therapy programs for military and veterans, wounded warriors and caregivers have gained in popularity and number in recent years. Programs exist across the country.

a strong relationship with a horse, much is learned about respect, love, kindness, empathy, and trust. Patience, acceptance, emotional control, self-discipline and a sense of responsibility are fostered.

Equine-assisted therapy is considered an alternative to traditional counseling. Studies show that by developing

To learn more about the Brian Bill Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Retreat Program, go to brainbillfoundation.org

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Summer Fun 10 Day Trips to Beat the Heat BY KRISTEN HARE We’re a little spoiled, it’s true, but just because we live near the beach and Disney doesn’t mean that’s all there is to do in Florida. With the kids out of school and the tourists filling up those popular spots, here are 10 ideas for day trips, half-day trips and nearby outings that should keep kids and grown-ups from Florida summer cabin fever.

is included with admission, and rent a tube for $7. You can also rent kayaks and paddleboards for $40 to $60 for up to four hours and explore the springs yourself. www.weekiwachee.com

Climb a Root Jungle at Medard Park

Hidden in a county park in Plant City, oak trees rise out of the hills, roots and all. Edward Medard Conservation Park is a great place to climb, explore, and talk to your kids about reclamation ecology. What used to be a phosphate mine is now a Hillsborough County treasure, and you can explore it all, including the 700-acre reservoir, walking trail and campgrounds, for just $2 per car. www.hillsboroughcounty.org

Cool Off at Lithia Springs

You don’t have to drive up to North Central Florida for a dip in crystal clear water. Head to Lithia Springs Conservation Park. The swimming area opens each day at 9 a.m., but get there early, it fills up. Admission $2 per car and $2 per swimmer. That 72-degree water is waiting. www.hillsboroughcounty.org

Get Lost at Egmont Key

Sure, you and your family have been to the beach. But did you get there by ferry? And was it remote? Was there a lighthouse? And ruins? You’ll find all that, plus unspoiled beaches, at Egmont Key State Park. Catch the Tampa Bay Ferry from Fort De Soto Park. It’s $25 for adults and $12.50 for kids. Use the bathrooms and get snacks on the ferry, because you’ll find neither once on shore. www.floridastateparks.org/park/Egmont-Key

Visit a Rapunzel Tower in Lake Wales

OK, no one has actually lived in the carillon tower at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, but standing at the bottom, it sure seems like the right spot for that. The bell tower and the property contains a great immigrant story, and there’s a carillon concert in the Singing Tower at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Bok Tower Garden costs $15 for adults and $5 for kids. www. boktowergardens.org

Wave at Weeki Wachee Mermaids

Most people go to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park for the mermaids. And you should, too. They’re still there and will put on shows again starting in mid-June. But the mermaids shouldn’t be the only ones to enjoy that cool, clear water, especially when it gets hot. Head over to Buccaneer Bay, which



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Get Prehistoric at Dinosaur World

You may have visited Plant City for the Strawberry Festival or those amazing strawberry milkshakes at Parkesdale Farm Market, but have you visited the dinos there yet? Dinosaur World offers a great morning out, and go early, because you know it’s going to get hot. Luckily, the T-Rex and the tamer old reptiles are hidden under the shade of trees. Plant City is dogfriendly and includes a fossil dig, a bone yard and interactive shows. Admission is $16.95 for adults and $11.95 for children 3-12. Dinosaur World is located at 5145 Harvey Tew Road. www.dinosaurworld.com

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If you’re not looking for princesses, pirates and giant rodents, there’s still a lot to see in Orlando. Especially if you get up high. Check out The Wheel at ICON Park, where the giant observation ride offers both day and nighttime views of Orlando. The ride lasts about 20 minutes, there’s a spot to get adult and kid drinks and snacks before you climb on. Bring your Florida ID and get a great discount on admission - $19.99 for adults and $14.99 for kids. www. iconparkorlando.com

Visit Hillsborough River State Park

You probably watch for gators all the time, but you can see them in their element and not on golf courses at Hillsborough River State Park. This park has something for everyone - tours of historic Fort Foster, paddling, hiking trails, biking and camping. Have lunch at the cafe and check out the beautiful suspension bridge. Admission is $6 per car. www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/hillsborough-riverstate-park

Hunt for Shark Teeth in Venice Beach

Sure, shells are great (and free) things to bring home from the beach. But head to Venice, Florida, bring along some colanders and go sifting for shark teeth. Venice is south of Sarasota and a great spot to walk the pier, relax and hunt for treasures you’d rather find in the sand than the water. If you forget a colander, you can rent sifters, too.

Explore Tampa’s Riverwalk by Water

Tampa’s Riverwalk is a great place to stroll, bike and scoot, but hit the water for a totally new way to enjoy downtown. Near the Tampa Convention Center, you can rent and drive an e-boat (like a golf cart on the water,) a water bike (like a bike on water,) and tiny boats (like a boat but tiny.) Prices and vendors vary, but you’ll find public bathrooms and food and drinks nearby, too. www.tampariverwalk.com Kristen Hare is the author of 100 Things to do in Tampa Bay Before You Die, which you can find at area bookstores and on Amazon. She also writes for the Poynter Institute and the Tampa Bay Times.

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freeFall Theatre St. Pete’s company celebrates ‘A Decade of Daring’ PHOTOS/THEE PHOTO NINJA

BY CINDY STOVALL As freeFall Theatre celebrates a milestone anniversary and approaches the opening of its 60th production, founding artistic director Eric Davis looks back at the groundbreaking first 10 years, forward to the new 2019/2020 season … and beyond. In the Beginning Picture it - 2008, St. Petersburg, FL (we never miss a chance to use a Golden Girls reference.) An upstart theater troupe asks to put on a production at the multi-use arts venue Studio @620. Although open only four years, venue director Bob Devin Jones had a reputation for finding a way to say yes, the studio’s mantra, to emerging artists looking for a place to shine. He said yes to Eric Davis and Kevin Lane. Davis recounts the story: “We wanted to do an immersive production of Michael John DeChiusa’s version of The Wild Party. We had no idea how it would be received. Would potential audiences be familiar with the show – or with this version? (The Andrew Lippa version, released the same year, is a completely different interpretation of the original 1928 poem.) Of course, we were nervous. But the shows sold out, the audiences cheered, and the reviews were great. It was crazy. That’s when we knew we were onto something.” They took the daunting leap. It suddenly makes complete sense that they named the company “freeFall.” The next challenge was finding a permanent home.

St. Petersburg comedic mainstay Matthew McGee and freeFall musical director Michael Raabe in “Mame” was an audience favorite. (2015)



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“When we found our current home at 6099 Central Avenue, we were worried about its distance from downtown and whether or not we would be difficult to find. Would people drive to see us? It did make patron awareness and our initial growth a bit slower,” Davis recalls. “But now, as our reputation has grown and as production quality has been consistently elevated, freeFall has become a destination venue – for audiences and performers.”

ARTS & CULTURE Pulling off ‘Pippin’ So, what do you do when you’re getting ready to end a busy season and the new musical you had planned to stage gets mired in licensing red tape? You go to plan B, of course. That’s exactly what happened when freeFall was faced with replacing the scheduled season finale at the last minute.

Crumbs From the Table of Joy (2019) directed by Jacqueline Thompson

Eric Davis has played every conceivable role throughout freeFall’s first decade: founder, artistic director, lead and supporting performer, director, producer and everything in between. But he will be the first one to tell you that “not one moment” of it could be done without the contributions of so many. “I’m so grateful for our incredibly talented creative team, our volunteers, sponsors, board members, theater members, season patrons and all who buy a ticket to any single show.” Kevin Lane, who co-founded the company with Davis, remains active on the board. Cheryl Forchilli, a founding board member, is now executive director. Susan Haldeman, a talented actor, first came on board as company manager and has recently taken on the responsibilities of managing director. Of course, local fave, Matthew McGee is known for his showstealing comedic stage work and drag artistry. His tour de force performance in freeFall’s production of Mame, is certainly a highlight of the decade. Offstage, he is the community outreach director. A Decade of Memories I asked Davis if he had a favorite

show from the first decade at freeFall. “Well, of course, I love ALL my children equally,” he smiles. “But there was one I was especially proud of … I went to the well of DeChiusa and we produced Bernarda Alba. I really loved the source material (based on Federico Garcia Lorca’s House of Bernarda Alba), and the music. Carolina Esparza’s choreography so beautifully captured the tone and style of the piece. I also loved the fact that Garcia Lorca and Dali were great friends and artistic colleagues. That connection brought it home to St. Pete. I felt it was among our best works.” What was the most challenging production of the decade? My suspicion was confirmed when he said, without hesitation, The Tempest. “That show presented a huge challenge for a number of reasons but, then again, that was by design. It’s always difficult to direct and be the lead in any piece, but here, we also wrote a parallel script to try and tell the more contemporary story as well. I also was soaked with water and covered in sand for most of the show.” He shakes his head, remembering. “I loved doing it so much, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t relieved when it closed.”

Now, I like to think of myself as cool-headed in a crisis, but I’m not so sure I could have avoided freak-out status here. To hear Eric Davis describe it, however, made it seem like just another day at the office. “We went to the short list of shows we wanted to do, and there it was … Pippin.” With all the fuss over the recent F/X series, Fosse/Verdon, the timing was very good. There is always an element of innovation in every freeFall production, especially with classic big production musicals. Pippin is no exception. “ We love to take older shows that have been big and splashy and reimagine them,” says Davis. “We stay true to dialogue and music, but in the case of Pippin, we’re going to ramp up the sense of anachronism and do it all with only six characters.” Pippin opens on July 13 and runs through August 4. For more info on this show and the upcoming season: go to www.freefalltheatre.com

Coming: A Season of Ghost Light The 2019/2020 season promises to continue the tradition of excellence established over the last decade. “We name each season according to a theme that emerges as we review the selected pieces,” says Davis. “Ghost Light is the tradition of leaving one light on in an empty theater so that no one hurts themselves or falls into the orchestra pit. Of course, the tradition has taken on an air of mystery, superstition and lure. As we looked at the shows we had chosen, a definite spirit theme presented itself. Spirits both literal and metaphysical appear throughout the season, creating a natural tie-in with the Ghost Light theme.” Selections include The Turn of the Screw, The Lion in Winter, Dear World and an original season finale inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tales, titled OZ is written by Eric Davis and original music by Michael Raabe. Another innovative element to the coming season is a collaboration with the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville. Two plays, freeFall’s Marie & Rosetta and Hippodrome’s Lone Star Spirits will be staged and swapped between both theaters. Listen to the full interview with Eric Davis on the Beauty & The ‘Burg Podcast: www.heliumradio.com

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Eric Davis/freeFall Founding Artistic Director

Daddy Long Legs (2018)

He also shared that as much as he loves being at the helm of any show, he also loves creating an environment that supports and fosters the creativity of others. The recent show, Crumbs from the Table of Joy is a perfect example of this.

Davis says proudly. “He’s been with me from the beginning and has been an invaluable collaborator.”

“Director Jackie Thompson came from St. Louis to craft this beautiful piece and she did an amazing job,” Davis says. “Part of growing your reputation as a theater also means making it a place that performers, musicians and directors from everywhere want to come and create. Indeed, many cast members of any given show are Equity members with Broadway or off-Broadway credits. “Michael Raabe, our resident musical director, is one of the most talented people on the planet. We are so fortunate to have him,”

Eric Davis is a man with plans. When asked how he envisions the next decade at freeFall, he is definitive in his response. “We talk about this all the time. It was a part of our vision when we began. We’d love to evolve and grow our dedication to developing original work that is created here and then realizes success nationally – even on Broadway. We want to continue to increase our national visibility with audiences and talent, continue to be on the cutting edge of utilizing the most innovative tech in our productions and, of course, to update the campus as we grow.” The idea is always to grow.

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Digital Technology Helps Reconstruct Historic Digital Cemetery Technology He PHOTO/USFSP

Researchers from USF St. Petersburg and USF Tampa are employing 3D imaging technology to develop a digital recreation of the historic Tolomato Cemetery in St. Augustine. The resulting 3D model will be used by preservationists to assess the current conditions of the site and to serve as a reference to monitor impacts from natural events and pollution, providing guidelines for restoration and reconstruction in the case of damages.

Originally the site for a Franciscan mission, Tolomato was used as a cemetery dating back to Florida’s British period between 17631783. More than a thousand people are buried at the cemetery, including people from Spain, Cuba, Minorca, Ireland, Greece, Haiti, France and various parts of the African continent.

Researchers from USF St. Petersburg and USF Tam to preserve them for future generations. employing 3D imaging technology to develop a di oflandscape the historictogether Tolomato Cemetery in St. Augustin Ultimately, the 3D model of the with the model will be used bywill preservationists to asses individual 3D models of all the3D cemetery’s monuments be conditions the sitetoand to serve integrated with archival data about deathofrecords create an as a reference t impacts from natural events and pollution, provid interactive tour of the Tolomato cemetery. for restoration and reconstruction in the case of d “The use of the 3D model for on-site and an online virtual reality “We are excited to embark on a project designed t experience will provide more inclusive public engagement and preserve and interpret this remarkable site,” said global accessibility,” said Tanasi. Director of USF St. Petersburg’s La Florida: The In Archives the Americas. This project marks the beginning of theof scientifi c partnership between La Florida, which uses interactive maps and digital for aand Franciscan reconstructions to bring to lifeOriginally the signifithe cantsite events diverse mission, Tolom a cemetery dating back to Florida’s cultures that made up early Spanish Florida, and IDEx, which uses British period 1783. More for than a thousand people are buried at t digital tools to preserve cultural heritage future generations. including people fromisSpain, Cuba, Minorca, Irela The field work to develop the digital reconstruction supported Haiti, France and various parts of the African cont by the Tolomato Cemetery Preservation Association.

In late April, Rachel Sanderson, Associate Director of La Florida, joined Davide Tanasi, Director of the Institute for Digital Exploration (IDEx) at USF Tampa, and his team at Tolomato to create the digital reconstruction. They employed imaging technologies such as terrestrial laser scanning, and applied texture mapping techniques to monuments and tombstones to enhance the readability of inscriptions that are currently illegible

late Rachel Sanderson, “We believe this collaboration In will beApril, the first of many researchAssociate Directo Florida, Davide Tanasi, Director of the Instit projects that further bridge USF Tampajoined and USF St Pete, bringing at USF Tampa, and his team at scholars and students togetherExploration to preserve(IDEx) and share Florida’s to create digital reconstruction. They employe rich history with a global audience,” saidthe Francis. technologies such as terrestrial laser scanning, an This story was provided by the University of Southtechniques Florida. to monuments and to texture mapping enhance the readability of inscriptions that are cu

“We are excited to embark on a project designed to document, preserve and interpret this remarkable site,” said Michael Francis, Director of USF St. Petersburg’s La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archives of the Americas.

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In the words of the Kiss Me Kate revival on Broadway, it’s too darn hot! And so is the art scene in our beautiful ‘Burg. Take a look at these noteworthy events and make sure to “Beauty Mark” your calendars. Please don’t forget to catch St. Pete’s arts and culture podcast, celebrating five years on the air, Beauty & The ‘Burg (Helium Radio Network www.heliumradio.com). Also, please come to Subcentral @ The Iberian Rooster on the third Wednesday of each month and be an audience member for Beauty & The ‘Burg LIVE!! BY CINDY STOVALL

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through August 4. www.freefalltheatre.com

American Stage continues its “Life. Out Loud.” season with 2015’s Tony Award best musical Fun Home. This groundbreaking show, based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, reveals her life at three different ages in an honest and intimate coming of age story. It was the event of the Broadway season for good reason and Stageworks artistic director Karla Hartley will no doubt direct this new production with superlative aplomb and insight. Continues July 17 through August 18. Behind the scenes and chat back programming is offered to enhance your theater experience. www.americanstage.org

See my article on freeFall in this issue and catch artistic director Eric Davis as my special guest on Beauty & The ‘Burg LIVE!!, Wednesday July 17 at SubCentral @The Iberian Rooster. Doors open at 5:30. Help Beauty & The ‘Burg celebrate 5 years on the air at this special LIVE!! event.

Speaking of Stageworks Theatre, they have a summer production you can take the kids to. The Hundred Dresses, a children’s play based on the real-life experiences of author Eleanor Estes, explores the all too common dynamic of being the object of bullying simply because you are different. Though written in 1944, the themes are painfully relevant today. Appropriate for ages 7 and up; it runs August 1-18. www.stageworkstheatre.org We’d also like to give a shoutout to Clearwater theater, West Coast Players. From August 16 – September 1, you can be moved by their production of Pulitzer prize winning play, Rabbit Hole. This tale of coping with loss simply and elegantly shows us the brutal reality of tragedy in otherwise uneventful lives. www.wcplayers.org freeFall Theatre Company had to do some creative scrambling when their planned summer production found itself locked in the red tape department. What do you do? You look at your wish list and bring in a classic. Pippin takes the stage on July 13 and runs



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Museum Happenings The Florida Holocaust Museum always features moving exhibitions that depict the unthinkable era of Jewish imprisonment and extermination at the hands of the Nazis. One such exhibit showcases the particularly stunning imagery of artist Samuel Bak. Bak began painting as a boy in the Vilna Ghetto. He and his mother were the only members of his family to survive the Holocaust. Mr. Bak spent his life wrestling with his experience during the Holocaust, creating a legacy of testimony through his art. The St. Petersburg Museum of History on the Pier approach, celebrates all things St. Pete. Our rich history of culture, innovation and growth through the decades is beautifully curated and presented. What a great place to bring the family on a fun summer day trip! Being greeted by a full-size replica of Tony Jannus’ history making Benoist Airboat as you enter, lets you know you’re in for a fascinating and informative experience.

ARTS & CULTURE July 22 is pioneer pilot Tony Jannus’ 129th birthday celebration, so make sure to visit and share in the festivities! www.historystpete.org

Gallery & Alternative Summer has gone to the dogs (and cats) with two pet themed art shows in the ‘Burg. Florida CraftArt continues its Woof, Meow, Chirp and Slither exhibit through August 30 with 36 fine artists sharing multimedia and functional works of art in an exhibit sure to please the animal worshipper in all of us. The Morean Arts Center presents Cats vs. Dogs, a pop-up art show for your furry friend-loving pleasure. Are you a dog person or a cat person? This show celebrates our peculiar pet preferences August 10-30. www.moreanartscenter.org

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A new local art market kicks off Saturday, July 13, 5 to 10 pm, at the St. Pete Side Lot, 2133 2nd Ave. S., and continues on the Second Saturday of every month. The Guerrilla Art Market presents the best in approachable and affordable local art with the freshest emerging artists in the Tampa Bay area. The market will feature individual artist exhibits, a silent auction, music, cash bar, live demos, and will spotlight a different theme each month. Get into St. Pete’s local culture and buy original work by many artists whose creations can be seen around town on the walls and streets of St. Pete. The 31st Annual PAVA Cool Art Show comes to St. Petersburg’s historic Coliseum July 13-14, showcasing the fine arts and crafts of some of the area’s premier artists. Some 75 Florida artisans have been selected to exhibit in this impressive collection of both visual and functional art in the mediums of paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, fiber, digital, mixed media and jewelry. Many have received multiple awards at high-end art shows and are represented in both galleries and museums worldwide. This show provides a great opportunity to discover and shop new art, talk directly to the artists who created it, and learn about the skills and technique used in their creation process. Until next time… Cindy Stovall’s Beauty & the ‘Burg podcast covering the arts in St. Petersburg airs on Wednesdays at 6 pm at heliumradio.com. Archives of previous shows are available.

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Above the Fold

New Expressions in Origami at MFA

Top, hand images (untitled) by Paul Jackson. Left, Erik and Martin Demaine create curved mathematical origami without straight lines. Bottom, Pentasia by Robert Lang. Remember when your Grandpa folded a piece of paper into an airplane and sailed it across the room? Your eyes lit up in amazement, right? The exquisite aerodynamics of that sleek sheet of precisely folded white paper gliding through the air seemed magical. That plane, my friends, was origami in its simplest form. Get ready to be blown away by the current origami exhibit, Above the Fold, at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts. Over the centuries, origami has evolved from a Japanese craft and ceremonial tradition into a highly expressive global art form associated with complex mathematical equations. Artists from all over the world are folding paper into increasingly elaborate and provocative sculptural works, while scientists and mathematicians are using origami to help unlock the mysteries of the universe. In Above the Fold, paper is transformed into breathtaking sculpture, large-scale installations and conceptual works that express contemporary social, political,



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ARTS & CULTURE and aesthetic ideas. Nine international artists present some 20 paper-based works of art from dramatic sculptures suspended from the ceiling to smaller more intricate pieces. Represented are father and son duo and master folders Erik and Martin Demaine (Canada/US) who use advanced computer programs and mathematical equations to fold along a curved line rather than a straight one. Vincent Floderer (France), Miri Golan (Israel), Paul Jackson (UK/Israel), Dr. Robert J. Lang (US), Sipho Mabona (Switzerland/South Africa), Yuko Nishimura (Japan), and Richard Sweeney (UK) push the boundaries of paper as a medium. The largest piece is a sculpture measuring 7 feet tall and 20 feet long create by Jiangmei Wu (China/US). “Above the Fold” is on view through September 29.

1000 Paper Cranes Folding Party July 27 10 am to 2 pm (workshop 10 am to noon only) In Japan, there is a long-standing tradition that a person who folds 1,000 cranes will be granted their deepest wish. This workshop for young, old and everyone in-between will teach you how to create your own origami crane. Visitors can keep

their cranes or leave them on display in the activity space. Cranes that are left at the museum will be donated to Hiroshima to be displayed at the Children’s Peace Memorial Park. This workshop will be led by students from Takamatsu, St. Petersburg’s Sister City in Japan. Free with museum admission.

Marly Music Series with Erik and Martin Demaine August 11 2-4 pm MFA’s Marly Music Society presents origami artists Erik and Martin Demaine accompanied by jazz pianist and neuroscientist John C. O’Leary III. Together, the trio will create a performance piece incorporating mathematics, science and music. A father-son collaborative team, the Demaines fold, pleat, and twist paper into sculptural forms that illustrate the intriguing connections between mathematics and origami. The Demaines have three pieces of mathematical origami in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. John C. O’Leary III is a Mexican American jazz pianist, composer, and neuroscientist. His musical compositions are born of his desire to combine music and science. Tickets $25 adults, $15 students, include museum admission.

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Above the Fold is curated by Meher McArthur and tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. This MFA exhibition is made possible by Hennessy Construction Services

Image Credit: Yuko Nishimura, Shine (detail), 2008, Washi (kyokushi). Photo courtesy of the artist.

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Museums Turn to Technology for Cutting-Edge Culture PHOTOS/DALI MUSEUM

Visitors to the new Visual Magic exhibit use the technology of an app in a provided mobile device to see Dali’s Masterworks come alive and to learn more about each. The Surrealist master takes selfies of visitors in Dali Lives LCD screens. BY MARCIA BIGGS Reaching out to new audiences is a constant challenge for arts institutions. Bringing in dynamic, new or world-class exhibits is the key to that mission. We are blessed here in Tampa Bay with an abundance of museums and galleries that constantly meet that challenge, bringing exciting new exhibits and famous artists to our community regularly. It’s always fun to see what the ever-surprising Dali Museum pulls out of its hat. As if the unique work by Spain’s master of Surrealism is not enough to overwhelm, the museum has taken steps to reach out even further by embracing high-tech in an effort to educate, entertain – and bring in new visitors. And it’s working if the crowds on a recent mid-week morning are any indication. The marriage of art and technology actually began several years ago when the museum introduced Dreams of Dali, an awardwinning virtual reality experience which takes the viewer inside one of Dali’s paintings. This experience is still available and not to be missed. In May, the museum introduced Dali Lives, which reimagines the artist in the present day using cutting-edge artificial intelligence. Visitors meet a “live” life-size Dali through a series of 6-foot LCD screens placed throughout the museum. With the press of a button, a shockingly real Dali walks up to you, looks you in the eye and starts chatting, sharing observations on current events and shedding light on the motivations behind his artwork. Dalí will



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even snap and share selfies with guests before they leave. For this exhibit, the museum partnered with Goodby Silverstein & Partners of San Francisco to bring the master of Surrealism back to life. The result is over 45 minutes of new footage from the reimagined Dalí, spanning 125 videos, for thousands of combinations, so each visitor may experience completely different interactions with the artist. It’s eerily entertaining and enlightening. Visual Magic Most recently, the new exhibit Visual Magic: Dali’s Masterworks in Augmented Reality adds another twist to the techie realm – and it’s a visual trip. This special exhibit, which runs through November 3, introduces each of the museum’s eight Masterworks - paintings exceeding 5 feet in height or width that took a year or more to complete -- through augmented reality (AR). Through digital effects, these monumental works come to life, allowing visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning behind each. “Dali himself constantly challenged reality in his work and life, and explored the emerging technologies of his time,” said Dr. Hank Hine, Executive Director of The Dali, at the media preview. “We believe he would enjoy AR as an interpretive aid to his multilayered, complex images.” So how does it work? Upon entering the darkened gallery, headsets attached to a mobile phone-type device are presented

ARTS & CULTURE to each visitor. If you have experience with smartphones, you will catch on quickly, otherwise it’s a little tricky at first (don’t worry, a docent will be nearby to assist). Find the right tab in the app, pick a masterwork, center it in your LCD screen and once it pops up you’ll see an amazing animation that brings the painting to life briefly. But wait, there’s more. Look for the glowing boxes (called “hotspots”) on various points of the painting and tap on each. A voice in the headset explains what that element in the image represents from Dali’s perspective. For those not wishing to use a mobile device, an LCD screen accompanies each painting for a larger view.

tour could see certain elements and half of them couldn’t, even with a pointer. Through the hotspots you can really dive in and see the complexity and understand them much better.” Visitors are encouraged to download the free Dalí Museum app from the Apple or Android app stores prior to their visit; the app not only features this AR experience, but a multitude of other features such as gallery tours, panoramic images, museum events and more. One new feature – a Teen Voices Tour -- is a gallery tour recorded for teens by teens. You can learn more about the museum at thedali.org

Visual Magic was nearly a year in the making, developed with the technology company Guru, based in San Diego, CA. Guru focuses strictly on the cultural space and the visitor experience working with major museums across the country, said Paul Burke, the CEO and co-founder, at the exhibit’s opening. “This technology allows every visitor to have their own VIP tour of the Masterworks,” he explained. “A lot of museums are scared of technology, but we found Dali was one that actually embraces it. It’s one of the most forward thinking museums we have ever worked with.”

VR at Imagine Museum The Imagine Museum recently jumped on the bandwagon with a virtual reality experience called Imagined Realities. Don the goggles and headset and get lost in another universe (warning, VR can be disorienting if you have vertigo or other balance issues). Choose from five programs: Google Tilt Brush, Google Earth VR, The Body VR, Apollo 11 VR, and Overview VR. Visitors can create their own 3D artwork, explore our solar system, walk on the moon with Neil Armstrong or take a ride through blood vessels.

With so many stories and themes within each Masterwork, Dali’s paintings often trick the eye. “The hotspots answer a lot of common questions that we were hearing from the docent tours by visitors who came to see the Masterworks,” said museum spokesperson Beth Bell. “We were finding half of the people in a

The experience is open on Saturdays only from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm and takes about 20 minutes. An additional $10 fee is charged on top of the general admission price. The 20-minute reservations can be made online at imaginemuseum.com or at the front desk.

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Paul Wilborn Spinning Tales About Ybor’s By-Gone Arty Party Days BY CINDY STOVALL We all know Paul Wilborn as the executive director of the Palladium Theatre or as the talented pianist behind Blue Roses and the American Songbook Series. We know him as husband to local movie, television and stage starlet Eugenie Bondurant or as Noel Berlin, Cabaret Detective in Radio Theatre Project productions at the Studio @620. Some of us who have been around for a while know Paul as a former journalist for the Tampa Tribune and Associated Press. OK, Paul Wilborn is and has been many important things to our community. And now we get to add published author and art scene pioneer to the already crowded mix. Cigar City: Tales from a 1980’s Creative Ghetto, is a series of fictional accounts based on the real people, places and events that Paul experienced in Ybor City some 30-odd years ago. I sat down with Paul recently to talk about the new book. What was the impetus for the book? Why now? “The book is dedicated to my great friend Bud Lee. He was an amazing and quite famous photographer. He was also an inspiration to me and a mentor – someone I loved dearly. He was sort of a pied piper in the Ybor community of the time. He was almost magical – a real artist. When he passed in 2015, another member of our group, David Audet, also a photographer as well as a filmmaker, published a number of photos in Bud’s honor. I just felt like there was something I wanted to say.” Why did you choose fiction to tell the stories? “Sometimes life is just too literal. That time was so magical, and, to be honest, I don’t remember some things. Those of us



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who lived through that crazy time have a saying: If you were there and you remember it, you weren’t there. Once I decided I wanted to write the book, I started to get ideas for stories that took kernels of Ybor’s reality but were fictionalized. Over the next two years I wrote for several hours each day. Many real people appear throughout the book as sort of background players. It is the fictional characters who advance the plots, however.” Reset the stage for us. Tell us about Ybor City’s roots and how it changed over time. “Well, it started with the rise of beautiful immigrant districts that sprang up all over Ybor at the turn of the 20th century and flourished until the 1930s and ‘40s. By the ‘70s, they were empty – shells of themselves. And what happens when you have really cool urban architecture that sits empty and can be rented for next to nothing? Artists begin to appear. In addition, USF had a superior graphic studio, emphasis on print making, that attracted some the very best artists in the country – icons like James Rosenquist, Malcolm Morley, Chuck Close and Robert Rauschenberg all came to Tampa. Then, when they discovered Ybor, there was sort of cross-pollination of artistic energy and by the ‘80’s about 100 artists lived in Ybor City.” How did you come to be a part of this scene? “I had ties to Ybor because my greatgrandparents were a part of the influx of immigrants I spoke of. They were from Sicily and made their home in Ybor. My grandmother was born there. Though we associate Ybor City with Hispanic cultures, Italians, Jews and other Eastern Europeans also settled there. It was not just cigar making, but dairy farming and other

CONVERSATIONS industries that defined this area and made it an outlier to the rest of white Tampa.” “I was a recent college grad and young reporter for the Tribune. I was hungry for something exciting. I was in my 20’s, single and wanted to be a part of a cultural movement. I met some of the artists in our group and it began.”

on until 3 am. People would wear costumes to fit the theme and we always sold out. Sometimes 3,000 to 5,000 people would descend on a city of only a few hundred. It’s how Guavaween got started.”

Draw us a picture. What was it like? And what is a “creative ghetto?

“Similar enclaves appeared in places like NYC’s East Village, Portland and Boulder. Ghetto, to me, is not a pejorative term. It simply means a coming together of like-minded people or ethnic groups, which is a perfect description of Ybor City.”

“Life in Ybor City had three landmark anchors from one end of town to the other. The iconic Columbia Restaurant, the Ritz Theatre, which became an X-rated movie house, and El Goya, the center of gay culture. Many of my stories take place in and around these venues. It became our focus to plan and put on these massive parties that started at noon and often went

Listen to the full interview with Paul Wilborn on the Beauty & The ‘Burg Podcast, episode 175 at www. heliumradio.com Paul will also be my LIVE!! Guest on Wednesday, August 21 5:30 to 7 pm at SubCentral @ The Iberian Rooster. You can ask questions on the air and get your own copy of Paul’s book for signing. To buy the book, go to Amazon, Tombolo Books, Haslam’s or St. Petersburg Press.

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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Simulation center helps police get insight into autism PHOTO/JHAC

Kevin Kendall, Johns Hopkins All Children’s security manager, with Lauren Gardner, administrative director of the hospital’s autism program, speak with a local officer. BY MARGIE MANNING Law enforcement officers from throughout Florida have packed the first few sessions of a new training program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, teaching them how to respond to calls involving people with autism spectrum disorder. The program combines interactive instruction on recognizing the signs and symptoms of ASD with an opportunity to take part in simulated scenarios to practice newly learned behavioral skills.


lead to errors, but it’s a community tool as well, said Lauren Gardner, administrative director of the Autism Program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. “We have an awesome opportunity with the center to provide training that’s unique and innovative and provides a safe place to learn and debrief and talk through the decision-making process,” she said.

While there are similar autism instructional programs, the St. Petersburg hospital is the only one in the nation to use simulation. John Hopkins All Children’s has the largest pediatric simulation center in Florida. Recently named the Walmart and Sam’s Club Simulation Center to recognize $1.2 million in donations from the stores’ associates, it’s 13,000 square feet with 15 simulation rooms.

There’s a growing need for the program. One out of 59 8-yearolds have been diagnosed with autism. In 2000, when health care providers started talking about autism as an epidemic, the rate was one in 150 children. The increase is due to better diagnostic tools as well as an actual increase in cases due to genetic and environmental factors, and the recognition that autism includes a spectrum of disorders.

Medical personnel use the center to practice scenarios that could

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SPL HEALTH departments to provide autism identification and response training. It was passed several months after a home therapist caring for a man with autism was shot by a police officer in Miami. The shooting was captured on video and received national attention. “Following the shooting in Miami and just the need in the community for growing awareness of ASD, we decided to put together a training for local first responders,” Gardner said. “We’ve been focusing on law enforcement agents first but the goal is over time to advance to first responders as far as firefighters, EMTs and educators.” The Cigna Foundation funded the program through a $95,000 grant. The hospital offers the program once every other month and can accommodate 75 to 100 people in the morning session. There’s a lot of interactive learning. “We use a lot of videos and there’s a lot of think-pair-share breakdowns where we talk about how they would approach a situation, how do they recognize core features of autism, because it’s a spectrum. Individuals with autism do present differently, but there are some core characteristics that we want them to be aware of. And we want them to adapt their behavior based on recognition of the fact that a person may have autism,” Gardner said. The afternoon session in the simulation center is limited to 12 people, who take part in three scenarios that replicate calls police officers are likely to receive.

“One is a classroom setting where an individual has become aggressive. One is a home setting where an individual with autism has had a behavioral outburst and hit a parent,” Gardner said. “Another is a mall scenario where there’s an individual in a mall who is behaving in a way that other people might not think of as typical, so the police are called. Then how do you determine what to do with an individual who is not able to communicate effectively and tell you who they are, where they are from, who their caregivers are.” Johns Hopkins All Children’s initially worked with St. Petersburg police on the program. Since then, 14 law enforcement agencies statewide have signed up to attend. “We’ve also had requests to go other places and train departments at their home location outside of the hospital. That indicates to me that what we’re doing is something that people highly value,” Gardner said. Upcoming sessions at the St. Pete hospital are set for July 26, Sept. 20 and Nov. 8. Registration is at: https://www.hopkinsallchildrens. org/services/autism-center/autism-training-for-first-responders Content provided by the Catalyst, St. Pete’s daily business platform. Subscribe for free at StPeteCatalyst.com


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BY MARCIA BIGGS We tend to get spoiled living on Florida’s Gulf Coast with our beautiful sugar-sand beaches and watercolor sunsets. A staycation is only a half-hour away if we want a quick weekend getaway. But there’s something about the Atlantic seashore, perhaps the salty ocean breeze or the melodic sound of heavy waves breaking the surf, that makes one feel they have truly “gotten away.” And so we head east for a weekend respite in search of crashing ocean waves and nesting sea turtles. We were not disappointed. Our GPS was set for Hutchinson Island just east of Stuart. My anticipation had been mounting for weeks, as I knew that sea turtle nesting season had begun and I was heading smack into one of the richest nesting beaches along the East Coast. Upon arriving at our destination, Hutchinson Shores Resort, I was delighted to find an intimate coastal setting and not a sprawling chain resort on the narrow 23-mile barrier island. The resort is modern and clean (it opened in 2017), with elements of sand and sea throughout from the crisp white décor to the nautical splashes



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of navy. Visitors are greeted in the lobby with a stunning blue glass swordfish sculpture suspended from the vaulted ceiling. It’s a nod to the region’s affinity for sport fishing (yes, you can find deep-sea fishing charters nearby). Only five stories high with 178 guest rooms, Hutchinson Shores Resort is sophisticated and perfect for a romantic getaway. Two pools and a spa offer just enough diversion to relax and kick back. And, of course, there are miles of sandy beach to stroll just outside your room. The inviting Drift Kitchen + Bar presents diners with floor to ceiling views of the beach. It’s easy to spend time at the bar, starting with a hand-crafted cocktail and nibbling on a gourmet pizza hot out of the wood-fired pizza oven or the excellent charcuterie plates of curated meats and artisanal cheese, all showcasing locally sourced produce. House specialties for dinner include house-made pasta dishes like Rigatoni Bolognese and Linguini Vongole, Tuscan Chicken, Snapper, Scallops, Salmon, Grouper and bone-in Rib-Eye.


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Desserts are epic and worthy of indulging with simply a coffee or after-dinner cocktail. Try the Gelato Trio, Ricotta Cheesecake with fresh raspberry sauce (my fav), or the Chocolate Lava Cake. Drift offers breakfast, lunch and dinner so one never needs to leave the premises. We found the cuisine and service top notch, this resort is after all part of the prestigious Opal Collection of luxury hotels (Sandpearl, Opals Sands, Treasure Island Beach Resort). From my oceanfront room, my hopes of seeing a nesting sea turtle were raised when I counted 14 marked-off nests along the immediate stretch of beach. From May to October, beaches from Cape Canaveral south to West Palm Beach are considered Ground Zero for sea turtle nesting in North America. Sea turtles – loggerheads mostly, followed by greens and leatherbacks - nest by the thousands here, lumbering onto shore only in the dark of night to dig holes where they deposit up to 100 golf-ball size eggs. Just a mile from the resort, the Florida Oceanographic Society’s Coastal Center offers a nighttime sea turtle walk program on Mondays and Thursdays from June 1 to August 1. Participants from ages 8 to 80 show up at the center for an educational presentation

on sea turtle biology and conservation followed by the opportunity, if nature cooperates, to go out on the beach to watch a female turtle actually laying eggs. I was fortunate to snag the last open spot in the group for the night walking tour. But earlier in the day, we stopped by the center to explore. My guide was Zack Jud, Director of Education and Exhibits, and his enthusiasm for nature and wildlife was contagious. He showed us around the 57-acre marine life nature park, introducing us to the inhabitants of the indoor aquariums from sea horses to snakes, then outside where we fed the gentle stingrays, strolled through the native Florida garden, and learned about the resident starfish. The centerpiece of the facility, though, is the enclosed lagoon, a clear, shallow lake teaming with nurse sharks, stingrays, a few injured sea turtles, and 28 species of game fish. It’s a living ecosystem, complete with oyster domes and sea grasses. As a side note, the center conducts research and restoration programs with the aid of volunteers to construct and install oyster domes and grow and transplant living seagrasses into the nearby estuary. Bravo!

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Sea Turtles, Come Hither I had experienced watching a sea turtle lay eggs before – it was a life-changing experience. These amazing creatures can spend 20-30 years floating in ocean currents before the females return to the same beach where they hatched to lay eggs. In Florida, prime nesting season is generally May and June, while hatching comes around 60 days later in July and August. It’s much easier to see nesting than hatching. And so I ventured back to the Coastal Center at 9 pm that night in hopes of getting lucky again. My group of about 20 was told the drill: after the one-hour program we would wait for a call from one of the scouts who were trolling the dark beaches in search of “a mama.” If we were called to the beach, we would walk silently in single file, no talking, no cameras, no flashlights. “Your chances tonight are good,” said Jan Kurtz, our program host. “But you are never guaranteed a sighting. Our success rate is about 70 percent of the time.” Then, just like clockwork, she got the call we had “a mama.” Ten minutes later we were led along a moonless beach in single file to watch a miracle that has been ongoing for 150 million years. There was no talking, no cameras, no flashlights. Just the sound of the waves and a billion stars in the inky sky above. We watched silently as the turtle dropped her eggs in a hole she had dug, then covered her nest, slowly turned around and made her way back into the crashing surf. This was one weekend getaway well worth the drive on many levels. Getting There You might save a few minutes driving along I-4 to Lakeland and Highway 60 east into Fort Pierce. But we took the Skyway Bridge (always my preferred route) toward Bradenton, then Highway 70 east through the Lake Wales Ridge into Port St. Lucie. Both routes are close to 3.5 hours and take you through the agricultural heartland of Florida on two-lane highways. Be sure to fill your tank before leaving.

Hutchinson Shores Resort: Go to hutchinsonshores.com or call (877) 502-4653. Check the web site for mid-week room deals during summer months. Sea Turtle Night Walks: Make reservations early as most walks get filled in advance. Call Florida Oceanographic Coast Center at (772) 225-0505 or go to www.floridaocean.org/nighttime-sea-turtle-walks; cost is $12.

House of Refuge on Hutchinson Island A worthwhile stop while on Hutchinson Island is a visit to the Gilbert’s Bar House of Refuge, constructed in 1875 on a picturesque beach called St. Lucie Rocks. Eventually taken over in 1915 by the U.S. Coast Guard, the house was one of 10 life-saving stations along Florida’s East Coast that served as a shelter for shipwrecked sailors and travelers. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the wooden structure has weathered many storms, but stands now as a museum with a fascinating exhibit in the lower level of historical lifesaving equipment, photos, logbooks, and all sorts of maritime memorabilia.



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On the main floor, the Keeper’s Quarters are restored as they were in 1904. In 1942, when German U-Boats torpedoed freighters along the Florida coast, a lookout tower was constructed. Martin County Historical Society now runs the museum which is at the south end of Hutchinson Island along a scenic stretch on MacArthur Boulevard known as Bathtub Reef Beach. Several small, uncrowded public beaches are along this road. The House of Refuge is open daily; hours vary. Admission is $8 adults, $6 children ages 6 to 12). Go to houseofrefugefl.org for more information.


Traveling In Style David Cline shirts are perfect for packing - lightweight, fitted, wrinkle-free and breathable. BY MEGAN SIMONS You know the saying, “Travel is the only thing you spend money on that makes you richer”? But what do you wear while traveling? What do you put in your suitcase? Let’s start with your traveling outfit, remembering that wearing restrictive clothing will affect your circulation and make your journey less comfortable. I love watching people go through the airports, I see the most versatile diversity of styles, from skimpy outfits to elaborate business attire. Even if you’re going to a blistering, hot destination in your shorts, or very important meeting in your dress, I recommend rethinking that as traveling attire, a modest dignified way is always the best basic rule. No matter how comfortable you feel in that workout tank top and tights, save them for the gym, you wouldn’t wear jeans and flip flops to the opera, right? The color of your clothes is an essential part of your appearance. If you’re not going to a funeral forget about the head to toe deep black. It doesn’t make you look tiny, and every speck of dust is visible from a mile away. Replace your beloved black with flattering and easy on the eye navy blue and add your favorite neutral and pastel shades. Pleasant colors and not too wild prints are the best choices. My key to comfortable travel is simple - layered attire and walking shoes. I always envy the girls strolling through the airports in stylish high heels, but how do they do that? Heels or no heels just make sure your shoes will be equally comfortable by the end of the day. I love

jeans or stretchy cotton trousers for trips of any length and manner. Loose fitting jacket, long cardigan/duster or cozy, light sweater is a must for me regardless of the season and destination. But what I wear under the jacket is always similar. I do have a secret traveling weapon that I take everywhere and every time with me, it is a David Cline shirt. David Cline is a designer who created his fabrics exclusively for his brand and it is brilliant. Lightweight lightly fitted styles that pack easily, don’t wrinkle and are breathable. I should mention that they come in a myriad of different colors and prints, something for everybody. Trust me, it is one of the best brands to take with you on any trip. Another brilliant solution for your traveling needs, to pack lightly and efficiently, are wrinkle-free, cross functional reversible dresses. Yes, you get two-in-one, print on one side for the day activities, solid color on the other for your evening cocktails. Turn it inside out and you look like you’re wearing a completely new outfit. Make sure your suitcase has enough items you can easily mix-andmatch with the rest of your wardrobe, drink plenty of water, and most importantly enjoy your vacation. Megan Simons is the owner of Pippa Pelure fashion boutique in downtown St. Petersburg. You can reach her at pippapelure@tampabay.rr.com

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Denim & Diamonds The 3rd Annual Denim & Diamonds sold out luncheon benefiting Julie Weintraub’s Hands Across the Bay was at Belleair Country Club on May 18 presented by PureLife Medi Spa. It was an inspirational luncheon with VIP guests, auctions and raffles that raised over $111,000.

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St. Pete Life Magazine July/August 2019  

A bi-monthly magazine about St. Petersburg and downtown St. Pete (Florida). We curate the best of the city's arts, culture, nightlife, shopp...

St. Pete Life Magazine July/August 2019  

A bi-monthly magazine about St. Petersburg and downtown St. Pete (Florida). We curate the best of the city's arts, culture, nightlife, shopp...